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ANOTHER STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN!
on 4 December 2014
At The Newport Folk Festival in 1963, popular folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, sang "Blowin' In The Wind." Said Peter, "as written by the most important folk artist in America." He referred of course to, Bob Dylan, where his own singing captivated both audiences and critics alike thus ending his time as a wandering minstrel who slept in doorways, on park benches, or anywhere he could find. There is no doubt that Bob Dylan is the undisputed king of the folk rock that swept across the States and Britain during 1965. His songs combined the big beat with folk themes of unsentimental love, and protest, and were sensationally successful! He was born in 1941 and by the age of 15 had taught himself to play the harmonica, piano, guitar and autoharp. His wanderings across the states brought him into contact with all kinds of folk music from songs sung by negro-blues artists, to cowboy ballads. Possibly the greatest influence on him was his hero and great friend, Woody Guthrie, the father of white folk music. But you already know all this don't you? In short, 1963 was the big turning point for him.
His first million selling record came in 1965 and tells the story of a girls fall from boarding school to street walker; and is called, "LIKE A ROLLING STONE." This album contains 18 trax, each one depicting a particular time in his development, and a particular style in his presentation. And that is one of the wonderful things about Dylan, he is not predictable in the manner he uses his vocal chords and very often if you compared tracks you might be forgiven for thinking they were sung by different people!
This album should be in any self respecting music lovers collection regardless of whichever road you follow, because Bob Dylan is important. Young people have taken Jake Bugg to their hearts. A young Dylan I thought when I first heard him. Listen too to his stories, obviously he has been influenced by Dylan and those who clamber for Mr Buggs' music should lend an ear to this collection of some of the best of Bob Dylan.