Bob Dylan: The Poet of Change

This paper explores the life and musical contributions of Bob Dylan.

This paper discusses how Bob Dylan represented the enlightenment of a generation especially with his song “Blowin’ In the Wind. The paper discusses how America was on the precipice of great change musically and socially in the 1960s when Dylan was practically crowned the king of folk music. The paper also shows how he stood out by bucking entertainment convention.
Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. His father was an owner a furniture and appliance store but it was apparent very early on that he would not be going into the family business. He grew up listening to the likes of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie. The deep personal emotion of Williams’s songs and the issues brought out in Guthrie’s music would have a big impact on him. Dylan got his first guitar when he was 14. By that time he was listening to Little Richard, Johnny Ray and Elvis Presley.
This fusion of Rock and Roll and Country with a conscience would later be called American Folk music, which would later light a fire under his complacently confused generation. In high school Dylan played in a few rock and roll bands. But it was while he was attending college, that he discovered the bohemian section of Minneapolis known as Dinkytown.