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Bob Dylan Affect on Society

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Mat Appleyard

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Transcript of Bob Dylan Affect on Society

Mat James Appleyard
Subject Specialist How Bob Dylan and His Music
Affected the society of the 1960's and Is it still relevant
in modern society. Bob Dylan's Early Life A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall- The Cuban Missile Crisis
“it was a song of terror. Line after line after line, trying to
capture the feeling of nothingness."
The Times They Are A-Changing - The Changing Winds, about Society as a whole, and what is needed -
"Come senators, congressmen, Please heed the call, Don't stand in the doorway, Don't block up the hall, For he that gets hurt, Will be he who has stalled"
Blowing in The Wind- Highly Rhetorical Song, that fights about both Social and Civil Rights, as well as an anti-war movement for the Cold War and the Vietnam War
Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll- A Song Fighting For Civil Rights, the Lyrics are literally from a newspaper article that he modified to tell the world about prejudice against races.
Masters of War- "like Judas of old, you lie
and deceive…you fasten the triggers for the others to fire, then you set, back and watch when the death count gets higher.”
Governments Sit Back While young people Die. Protest Music and 1960's During the 1960's two social phenomenons swept the US, all coming from the hippy movement of peace and love. Social Equality for all races, and the Anti-War movement, lead towards the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Dylan became a fighter of this movement in the 60's, using his controversial folk music to make a stand, and to unite people throughout the nation.
He became a figure head in protest in the 60's with his music that was seen as radical
"Sincere expressions of frustration towards leaders who opposed
change" Born :Robert Zimmerman
Came from a Jewish Family in Minnesota, after having to move there after his father lost his Job from the aftermath of WWII.

At an early age he became obsessed with TV and Radio listening to his music heroes.

Also became obsessed with poetry, with his hero becoming Dylan Thomas, which is speculated where he got the title Bob Dylan from. JACK SIEVERT ALAN DUNNING “the folk songs showed me…that songs
can say something human." “I don’t think when I
write. I just react and put it down on paper…what comes out in my music
is a call to action.” “Dylan insisted that politics…were an integral element of his songs’
lyrics, and that social issues ‘are more important than music.’” He was a “poet of the people”; he
reinforced the belief that if they believed strongly enough and stood up
for those beliefs, “they could build a new world.” Dylan laid the foundation for the activists, mostly college students, who fought against the destruction of the system. No other artist was able to create the kind of revolution that he did. He had the greatest impact on that generation. Is This Still Relevant? 1) Times are a-changing: What do you think?
In general, after looking at my results, it shows that people found the musical structure and sound seemed to help them emote to the song, approx. 80% of the 20 people who took this essay even went to say that the music carried strong message on its own, without the lyrics.


2) Why do you think the song was significant?
Around 25% of the people who took the survey went to say that they didn’t understand the lyrics, and therefore didn’t understand the songs message, while the rest went to say the music was incredibly strong, addressing every area of a population, of all ages asking them not to go to war

3) Do you think this song has modern Relevance?
Almost all of the participants said it did, saying that anything that helps people know what is bad about going to war, or unequal societies are incredibly important to any modern society in the last 50 years, especially recently with complications with N.K and Afghanistan.


Do you think more artists should take note of these messages and write music like this, rather than music about Sex and drugs today?
From my survey I have got a most indefinite yes, with around 50% saying that if music wasn’t about Sex and Drugs more people would give a damn about what’s happening in other places in the world.
5) What do you think of Bob Dylan now?
My research shows, that when given a look into just one of many of Dylan's Protest Songs, they can appreciate what he did for society more, now they have looked into it more, although some people still find his music boring in modern standards. 6) Now you are starting to understand what Bob Dylan's earlier work is about, would you listen to this music?
When looking to my research, unfortunetly, not many people would go from an understanding and appreciation of the music, to a love of it. Only 3/20 people said they may give early Dylan a listen now, after having an insight to it. Conclusions to Be Made: From my research it can be seen that Although Seen as incredibly important to Society in the 60's, when fighting for Equal Rights and Anti-War, Dylan's music is seen by people of a younger generation as not relevant today, even though it's messages are so strong, although what he did can still be appreciated today, by both older and younger generations, for how he changed what music can do.
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