Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

For those who fell in love with Bob Dylan during their youth, it might be hard to believe, but it was fifty years ago that he released his first album. And in the years since then, he’s won Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and even a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008. And, of course, he’s written and performed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of songs.

Today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first album, Bob Dylan is releasing a new album called “Tempest.” And The Takeaway is looking at the album, as well as who Bob Dylan has become. What does he offer a new generation of listeners?

Leading the conversation is Sean Wilentz, in-house historian at and the author of “Bob Dylan in America.” 


Sean Wilentz

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

David from Brooklyn

Having Leonardo diCaprio with his sketchpad in a new song about the Titanic is probably a nod to Woody Guthrie who never read "The Grapes of Wrath" but based his song "Tom Joad" on the movie with Henry Fonda, continuing the folk process.

Sep. 11 2012 03:43 PM
Cab from NYC

Bob Dylan's music is as much relevant now as 50 years ago. When you concluded the segment with the opening verse of "The Times They Are a Changin' " the lyrics hit me with an unanticipated connection to climate change.
With the change of one line, the song takes on new meaning:

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the ice caps are a meltin'.

My apologies to Mr. Dylan for the usurpation; but his music belongs to us all.

Sep. 11 2012 11:00 AM

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