Spanning over half a century of music making, Bob Dylan is a living legend. He emerged in the 60s as an American folk singer-songwriter, born to unnerve the establishment. His raw and uncompromising vocal delivery, acoustic guitar playing and hard-hitting lyrics in protest songs like The Times They are a Changin’, Blowin’ in the Wind, Masters of War and Maggie’s Farm, made him a leader of the counter culture – a new generation more interested in getting along peacefully with everyone than in bombing countries like Vietnam halfway across the world.
Musically, he continued to develop and soon became recognized as a highly-talented songwriter, not only by his fans, but by other world-class songwriters like Lennon and McCartney. He performed a set at the Newport Festival in 1965 playing electric, rather than acoustic, guitar – a controversial move that shocked some of his die-hard folk fans. It signaled a new direction that allowed him to expand his song writing and performance style to a more sophisticated level.
The end of the 60s and early 70s saw the release of albums such as Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait as well as the highly-covered song, Knocking on Heaven’s Door. Other memorable songs of that period included George Jackson and Watching the River Flow. The mid 70s saw him release his 15th album, Blood on the Tracks, which received mixed reviews at first but is now hailed as possibly his greatest ever album. Throughout the 80s, 90s and into the new millennium, Dylan has continued to produce quality albums and perform live with his hand-picked band of musicians.
Dylan has had many collaborations with other artists during his long career. He sang on the famine relief single, US for Africa and performed at the same charity’s Live Aid concert with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. His most notable collaborations were as part of the the Traveling Wilburys, consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty.
Dylan just keeps going on producing quality music and picking up awards. His concert tours are eagerly awaited wherever he plays, and the musical arrangements of his songs can change at a moment’s notice. There’s just no end to the man’s talent, and with a Bob Dylan tour currently scheduled, 2015 promises to be a great year for his fans.
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