Bob Dylan

Icons of the Century

The legend goes that folk icon Woody Guthrie said of the young Bob Dylan, “I don’t know about the songs, but the guy’s got a great voice.”

Guthrie’s pronouncement aside, before he could rest on the laurels gained from penning some of the key anthems of his generation, including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” folk icon Dylan heard the Beatles and Stones and morphed into a lean and mean rocker who was to transform music — and the world — with songs such as “Like a Rolling Stone” and albums like “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde on Blonde.”

After Dylan hit his stride, no one stopped anymore at Tin Pan Alley. How could they, after they’d been to “Desolation Row”?

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