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Bob Dylan

The album 'The Times They Are a-Changin' is Bob Dylan's collection of songs concerning social change and issues such as racism and poverty. Bob Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", were anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Bob Dylan's lyrics during this period incorporated a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences, defied pop-music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. The times they are a-changin - If your time to you Is worth savin, Then you better start swimmin, Or you'll sink like a stone, For the times they are a-changin. In April 2009, Dylan broadcast the 100th show in his radio series; the theme was "Goodbye" and the final record played was Woody Guthrie's "So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh". This led to speculation that Dylan's radio excursion had ended. - Hinckley, David (April 19, 2009). "Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour: His time might be up" - Daily News. New York.

Bob Dylan's Quotes:

"Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools, I've got nothing, Ma, to live up to."

"But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked."

"All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die."

Bob Dylan's focus on rock and roll gave way to American folk music, as he explained in a 1985 interview:

The thing about rock'n'roll is that for me anyway it wasn't enough... There were great catch-phrases and driving pulse rhythms... but the songs weren't serious or didn't reflect life in a realistic way. I knew that when I got into folk music, it was more of a serious type of thing. The songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings.

Explaining his change of name in a 2004 interview, he said, "You're born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free." - Leung, Rebecca (June 12, 2005). " "Dylan Looks Back". CBS News.