Sunday, 4 September 2016

Art of the Cover - Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (1963)

Sailor Bob adorns the nice, simple, effective artwork to the single  "The Times They Are A-Changin'".

On this date (October 23) in 1963, 'Protest Bob' recorded the seminal "The Times They Are A-Changin" at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

A momentous song that truly influenced a generation.

Dylan recalled writing the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the moment when speaking to muso/director Cameron Crowe for Rolling Stone in 1985:
 "This was definitely a song with a purpose. It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads ... 'Come All Ye Bold Highway Men', 'Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens'. I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time." 
The song has since been covered by countless renowned artists, including the Byrds, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys, Joan Baez and Bruce Springsteen.

Phil Collins did a cover version too!

"The Times They Are A-Changin"  was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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