There is certainly plenty of fodder for discussion on the topic of who is Minnesota’s favorite musical son, Prince or Bob Dylan. I suspect many of those conversations are raging this week when on the same day that St. Paul was hosting a star-studded Prince tribute concert, it was announced that Duluth-born and Hibbing-bred Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize for literature.
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
The New York Times has a great article on the award and here’s their music critic discussing the honor.
As communications professionals, we strive to draw our inspiration and generate ideas from as broad a spectrum of sources as possible, music included. The honoring Dylan with a Nobel Prize was not without controversy, as some have argued that song lyrics do not rise to the artistic level of literature.
The honoring Dylan with a Nobel Prize was not without controversy, as some have argued that song lyrics do not rise to the artistic level of literature. I beg to differ. Many, if not most, of Dylan’s lyrics stand on their own as written words apart from the music. And that, after all, is the test for poetry.
As marketers whose job it is to understand culture, it is impossible to ignore Dylan’s profound influence on not just music but language as well. Look no further than the common turns of phrases he’s left with and with which we’re all familiar:
- The times, they are a-changing
- You don’t need a weatherman/ to know which way the wind blows
- The answer is blowin’ in the wind
The influence Dylan has had as a musician and songwriter can be found as easily as a YouTube search.
Here then are our top 13 Bob Dylan cover songs
Tangled Up In Blue by Jerry Garcia
Blowing In The Wind by Peter, Paul & Mary
Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
It Ain’t Me Babe by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues by Neil Young
All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by U2
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Guns N’ Roses
The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Tracy Chapman
I Shall Be Released by Chrissie Hynde
Subterranean Homesick Blues by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Spanish Mary by Rhiannon Giddens
The Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello
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