The Freewheelin Bob Dylan
Some people say he isn’t a blues artist and some people say he isn’t a guitarist.
Some people say he isn’t even a singer.
One thing however is true – whatever your standpoint on Bob Dylan his contribution and influence upon popular music is set in stone. Bob Dylan’s career began in 1962 and since then he has released thirty-four studio albums and 13 live albums. There is very little that hasn’t been said about Bob Dylan; Keith Richards described him as “The prophet of profit” and his influence upon popular culture has only been surpassed by The Beatles.
Dylan’s first album was an invigorating series of folk and blues covers with only two original songs and went largely unnoticed. Only two months later the “Minneapolis Hotel Tape” bootleg showcased Dylan’s burgeoning talent which exploded on his second album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” in 1963. Dylan took traditional melodies and fused with them his own lyrics regarding warfare, civil rights, and unrequited love to deliver a series of songs that proved immediately that he was the most exciting and innovative singer-songwriter of his generation. Many of these songs are now considered classics:
Blowin’ in the Wind,
A hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,
Masters of War,
Girl from the North Country,
Don’t think twice it’s Alright.
By 1965 Dylan was acknowledged as a major force in popular music and like The Beatles, Dylan was seen as a personification of the social and cultural revolutions that marked the 1960’s. In 1988 he formed a supergroup with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jim Keltner called the Traveling Wilburys.