Classic Bob Dylan, 1962 1969: My Back Pages by Andy GillMore than any other artist, Bob Dylan defined a generation. Even the Beatles hung on Dylans every word – he was the one whose lyrical density inspired John Lennon, the one whose artistic ambition inspired them to their greatest work.
Dylan was a painfully honest songwriter, whether reflecting upon the charged political situation of the time, or upon his own turbulent personal life. Through such songs as Like a Rolling Stone, Desolation Row, The Times they are A-Changing and Maggie’s Farm, he sent coded messages to his fans, who eagerly attempted to decipher them for clues as to his intentions and character.
In this book, Andy Gill assesses the circumstances behind Dylans most famous songs, tracing the artist’s progress from young folkie to acclaimed protest singer, and through the subsequent changes which saw him invent folk-rock and transform rock’n’roll with symbolist poetry, before experimenting with country-rock just as his followers were beginning to tune in to the explosion of psychedelia in the late sixties.
Always one step ahead of the crowd, always pushing himself to extend the boundaries of his art, the Dylan of the sixties remains a beacon of integrity to which fans and fellow musicians keep returning.
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Discussion in ' Music Corner ' started by Jerryb , Jan 5, Log in or Sign up. Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Location: New Jersey. This was always one of my favorite Dylan lyrics. How does a human being come up with this?
"My Back Pages" is a song written by Bob Dylan and included on his album Another Side of Bob Dylan. It is stylistically similar to his earlier folk protest.
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Now that I am about to enter a new phase of my life, I look for a song to ease the passage into retirement. Rather morbidly I thought Tombstone Blues might be appropriate.
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It is stylistically similar to his earlier folk protest songs and features Dylan's voice with an acoustic guitar accompaniment. Although Dylan wrote the song in , he did not perform it live until The Byrds' version, initially released on their album Younger Than Yesterday , was also issued as a single in and proved to be the band's last Top 40 hit in the U. In the song's lyrics, Dylan criticizes himself for having been certain that he knew everything and apologizes for his previous political preaching, noting that he has become his own enemy "in the instant that I preach. Music critic Robert Shelton has interpreted this refrain as "an internal dialogue between what he [Dylan] once accepted and now doubts.
I believe he is making a statement about wisdom. That true wisdom comes from an understanding of the things we know as fact and embracing them in the way a younger person would. So growing up and then embracing your knowledge whole heartedly and seeing it to be a form to work "with" not "in" or without thatis what makes him younger than what he was. As a final example.. As an adult with knowledge of the danger and the possible outcomes you would be afraid to do that, being younger than that would be taking those risks again in a way that is smarter. And because you can find a way to do it smarter and better you are able to be a kid again because you are wise not historically accurate. Facts are not logic and age is not always your years.