Bob Dylan: The Best Songwriter There Ever Was

By | November 29, 2016

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Bob Dylan's songs and spirit changed the world -- in the early '60s, when popular music was fun and benign, Dylan wrote and recorded music that spoke to young people like nothing that had come before it. Music became a bonding force, a way to feel unity and commonality. There were signs of a yearning for change in the air, particularly in the matter of Civil Rights, but without e-mail or social media, how could teenagers or college students all over the country know they were not alone in feeling as they did? The popularity of Bob Dylan's music and lyrics, songs like "Blowin' In The Wind" and "Ballad Of A Thin Man," was comforting and uniting to a generation that would soon be marching and demanding change. Whether intentionally or not, Bob Dylan changed pop music, a disposable commodity sold to teens, into a means of communication. 

Take two young people from different parts of the country -- they might be complete strangers, unaware of the issues each was facing or pondering, but if they both agreed that there was something to the lyrics of "The Times They Are A-Changin'," they were kindred spirits.

Bob Dylan's Importance

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He was a college dropout who happens to be one of the most significant American singer/song writers of our time. His compilation of music has covered an impressive 50 years, his lyrics leaving a lasting impression on political and social movements during the civil rights and beyond. He's performed with rock legends Tom Petty, George Harrison and The Grateful Dead. According to Bruce Springsteen:

He did to the mind what Elvis did to the body. He invented a new way a pop singer could sound, broke through the limitations of what a recording artist could achieve, and changed the face of rock and roll forever.