Bob Dylan- Intro
Written on January 1, 2010
Dylan released his first album in 1962. It is commonly cited that Dylan’s most important output lies in his trilogy of albums that he released between 1965-1966 (Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde), but since then, he has released 34 studio albums, 13 live albums, and he has had loads of charting singles. Maybe most impressive is that he is still going strong today (50 years after the release of his first album). As evidence of this, he embarked on what has been dubbed the “Never Ending Tour.” The tour started in 1988, and he is still touring today. It is estimated that he has played somewhere in the neighborhood of 2200 shows since the tour’s inception. Dylan’s musical style has shifted drastically over his 50-year career. He started as a folk protest singer. Then, in the mid-sixties (arguably his most important period) he shifted more toward rock, while keeping a heavy emphasis on his folk roots. In the late-sixties, he incorporated some country aspects into his sound. He had a major resurgence in the mid-70’s with Blood on the Tracks, and Desire, which I would described as roots, folk-rock albums. In essence, he has covered pretty much every imaginable style of music, but somehow it all just sounds like Dylan, which is what makes him truly remarkable.
Styles and Genres
Folk, rock, country, roots folk rock
Solo Artist: Bob Dylan
It is notable to mention that Dylan’s backing band during his peak mid-sixties period was The Hawks. Shortly after their run with Dylan ended, they formed their own band simply called “The Band.”
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