Bob Dylan is one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. This week he celebrated his birthday and we thought we would highlight some his greatest work that is available in our library catalogue.
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Highway 61 Revisited
Bruce Springsteen famously described the opening of "Like A Rolling Stone", which begins Highway 61 Revisited as the "snare shot that sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind". Recorded in six days in 1965, Highway 61 Revisited was a landmark album that changed the future of rock music forever. With guitarist Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper on organ, Dylan's visionary lyrics shattered the conventions of rock music and then re-assembled them as something else which would forever become a benchmark for the genre.
Blonde On Blonde
Released in 1966, ‘Blonde On Blonde’ featured some of Dylan's finest songs, "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and "Just Like A Woman". Moving from surrealism to love, sometimes in the same song, and backed by guitarist Robbie Robertson, Dylan's songs culminated in the beauty of the eleven minute version of "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands".
How Many Roads
Black America Sings Bob Dylan
Featuring artists such as Nina Simone, Bobby Womack, and the Isley Brothers, "How Many Roads" gives us a different perspective on Bob Dylan's music and shows just how influential an artist he has been.