Bob Dylan born Robert Allen Zimmerman ; May 24, is an American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than 50 years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the s, when songs such as " Blowin' in the Wind " and " The Times They Are a-Changin' " became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. His lyrics during this period incorporated a range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. Following his self-titled debut album in , which mainly comprised traditional folk songs , Dylan made his breakthrough as a songwriter with the release of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan the following year. For many of these songs, he adapted the tunes and phraseology of older folk songs. In and , Dylan drew controversy when he adopted electrically amplified rock instrumentation, and in the space of 15 months recorded three of the most important and influential rock albums of the s: Bringing It All Back Home , Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde Commenting on the six-minute single " Like a Rolling Stone " , Rolling Stone wrote: "No other pop song has so thoroughly challenged and transformed the commercial laws and artistic conventions of its time, for all time. In July , Dylan withdrew from touring after a motorcycle accident. During this period, he recorded a large body of songs with members of the Band , who had previously backed him on tour. These recordings were released as the collaborative album The Basement Tapes in
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A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, N. At one juncture, he asked me what I knew about the Sand Creek Massacre of I had a brief follow-up with Dylan, 79, one day after Floyd was killed in Minneapolis. Clearly shaken by the horror that had occurred in his home state, he sounded depressed. It speaks to me in the moment. It always did, especially when I was writing the lyrics out. Somebody auctioned off a sheaf of unpublished transcripts in the s that you wrote about J. A lot of those auctioned-off documents have been forged. The forgeries are easy to spot because somebody always signs my name on the bottom.
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No one person composed a piece; it evolved through generations of communal care. In recent years, however, folk music has increasingly become the quite personal—and copyrighted—product of specific creators. More and more of them, in fact, are neither rural nor representative of centuries-old family and regional traditions. They are often city-bred converts to the folk style; and, after an apprenticeship during which they try to imitate rural models from the older approach to folk music, they write and perform their own songs out of their own concerns and preoccupations. One is the twenty-three-year-old Joan Baez.