24 May 2016: Today marks Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday. To mark this momentous occasion, we’ve collated 23 of Dylan’s finest lyrics and quotes.
Recognised as one of the world’s greatest songwriters, Dylan unwillingly formed the bedrock for generations of songwriters to come with his endless catalogue of classics. His simple melodies and chord structures coupled with beautiful and powerful lyrics defined his masterpieces, inspiring his musical peers, poets and artists.
Whilst his melodies and chord structures were indeed simple, often, his lyrics were profound. At times, his lyrics were ambiguous and mysterious but at other times, they were unapologetically provocative or unashamedly heart breaking.
Dylan wrote compellingly about love and politics, earning him bans in China and even the UK for being too controversial. However, breaking the boundaries of mainstream acceptance was precisely why Dylan developed a legion of fans that admired not only admired his work but also drew inspiration from it.
Happy birthday Bob!