Bob Dylan is an American singer/songwriter best known for his rock and roll music starting from the early sixties. Though he is more famously known as a rock and roll star, Bob Dylan was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Bob Dylan will now go down in history with other literary laureates including, but not limited to, T.S. Elliot, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, etc. Due to the honor and elevation associated with these men and their literary achievements, some people today do not believe that Bob Dylan meets the criteria necessary, as these other poets had, to receive this award. Based on the information that I have researched stating what criteria the prize is awarded, Bob Dylan’s music contributions, career achievements, and
“Bob Marley - Marley - Documentaire - Nederlands ondertiteld,” is a video detailing the life of Bob Marley. It talked about the birth, the lifestyle, and the career of Bob Marley. Bob was born of a mixed race of people, because of that Bob experienced separation and he felt as if he had no true place. Bob was not born of wealth; therefore, he grew up poor and challenged. His family lived in poverty and he was forced to live in his circumstances good and bad. As Bob evolved he learned that he had a talent that was music. He soon decided his place in life and he found his purpose. Bob believed that he was a man of God, who purpose was to provide life in music.
“Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – Black, White, Chinese, everyone- that’s all” (Bob Marley). Bob Marley’s main goal was to bring people together through his music, and influence everyone he could to become a better person. Throughout Bob Marley’s music career, he didn’t know what kind of artist he wanted to be until later in life, and once he knew what kind of artist he wanted to be, he reached out to people and made many people enjoy reggae music and really understand the message in his music, which was not to hate or discriminate because we are all equal.
The 1960’s was an era of revolution and social change in the United States. Painters, dancers, actors, musicians and many more artists all wanted to portray societies immoral issues through their art. Musicians played a very prominent role in providing society with an outlet on the importance of this change. Within these musicians was a folk rock singer and songwriter by the name of Robert Allen Zimmerman, or as America knows him, Bob Dylan. He is known and honored around the world for his influence on popular music and culture, however, he is much more than that (Wood 313). The beginning of Bob Dylan’s career as a singer and songwriter was marked by his repetitive emphasis on social change throughout his protest songs which include “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “Masters of War,” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’”; with each song, Dylan exposes many issues that affected, not one, but many lives as he aimed to spread social and political consciousness to society.
Malcolm X lived in a world where society had a set of guidelines: one race always reigned superior to the other--white people held power over black people. As the years passed by, his innocence began to fade away, and his eyes began to focus on the horrendously unfair world around him; he grew bitter, infuriated, and cold. His misdirected anger lead him to take wrong turns down his life’s path, making mistakes out of rage until he was able to find the proper outlets in his religion and his fight for equality. Malcolm X altered the world he lived in by constantly speaking of the discrimination and unequal freedom that he and the black community received from whites. He continues to influence activist groups today, as his teachings influence
Bob Marley was born February 6, 1945 in St Ann Parish, Jamaica. Throughout his early years Marley had lived in some of the poorest and impoverished areas in Jamaica. Even in poverty Marley found an escape and had a passion for music. In Jamaica Bob Marley was a supporter of the People’s National Party. His major influence on the people was an extreme threat to the power of the PNP’s rival parties. December 3, 1976 there was an assassination attempt on Marley. This assassination attempt allegedly was for political reasons. A few years later Marley was diagnosed with cancer that had spread and he died in Miami, Florida, on May 11, 1981. The song “Get Up Stand Up” was the last song Bob Marley performed live on stage. It was performed in September of 1980 less than a year before he died in May of 1981
Martin luther king was born on January 15, 1929. I don't know where but the point is that he was born and that he was a good kid and he was really close with his siblings and they were like three peas in a pod they got along really well. We also know that martin luther king was a great leader and impacted the world in a positive way and forever changed this world we live in.
Like Martin Luther King, other people had their act to change the world in a better place. Martin Luther king was a African-American and a pastor who believe that white and black come together like brothers and sisters in christ. He worked hard and non-violence protesters. In 1968, James Earl Ray, a gun shooter, killed Martin at one night and died. Martin’s life impacted the lives of all americans and the future of him.
Growing up in an era of hatred and violence would be a major obstacle for some, yet this struggle became Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatest motivator in life. Martin Luther King Jr. devoted his life to speaking out against Jim Crow laws and segregation in the southern part of the United States. He utilized the principles of nonviolence by protesting peacefully through marches, speeches, sit-ins, and other acts of civil disobedience. Through his background, actions, and legacy, Martin Luther King Jr. has had a significant impact on the world.
Many people say that the Beatles were one of the best things to happen in the twentieth century. They were one of the most iconic music groups throughout the entire world, not only for the ten years they performed, but even today the Beatles remain one of the most influential music groups. Four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best, who was later replaced by Ringo Starr, formed a band in Liverpool England in 1960. Their band would later change how the world viewed music.
Bob Marley was reggae’s foremost practitioner and emissary, embodying its spirit and spreading its gospel to all corners of the globe. His extraordinary body of work embraces the stylistic spectrum of modern Jamaican music - from ska to rocksteady to reggae - while carrying the music to another level as a social force with universal appeal. Few others changed the musical and cultural landscape as profoundly as he. As Robert Palmer wrote in a tribute to Marley upon his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “No one in rock and roll has left a musical legacy that matters more or one that matters in such fundamental ways.”
The paper discusses how Marley’s music changed society by mainstreaming the ideas of black resistance, social justice, racial equality, and anti-colonialism to the baby-boom generation and generations endlessly onward. The paper will outline the historical background of reggae as well as the social cause to which it became attached by the work of Marley. The paper submits that reggae, ultimately, became the chief means of expressing the angst and dislocation felt by many within the African Diaspora. Finally, the paper will offer a critical analysis of one of Marley’s works, “I Shot the Sheriff”, and will explain why this signature work is a classic instance of reggae speaking out against injustice and the prevailing power structure.
When you hear the name Bob Marley what do you think? I know I thought of the Rasta movement and the colors green, yellow and red. I thought of a symbol being abused to justify the smoking of cannabis. But if I was to tell you that Bob Marley may be one of the most influential political activists of all time.