Bob Dylan, the most influential Artist in popular culture!
Widely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted writing a song.
Some might even say he invented modern songwriting. It is difficult to find an artist post 1960 who has not been heavily influenced directly or indirectly by Bob Dylan.
Among his classics you’d find: Blowin’ In The Wind, Mr Tambourine Man, Hurricane, Mr Bojangles, Knocking On Heavens Door, All Along The Watchtower, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Like A Rolling Stone, One More Cup Of Coffee, Sara and Make You Feel My Love!
Half a century later, Bob Dylan still performs Blowin’ In The Wind!
Blowin’ In The Wind is a song from the 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
This wasn’t Dylan’s first album, and he still mainly played covers at this point but Blowin’ In The Wind was his, and everybody around him covered it.
Peter Paul & Mary actually charted way before Dylan did with his own version.
Blowin’ In The Wind is often used as an example of “the protest song”, posing philosophical questions about peace, war and freedom.
1960s American teens couldn’t get enough of this and Dylan became an icon.
The follow up to this now legendary album has been many and Dylan is now approaching half a century as an active recording artist. For many he still remains the one man band that sang Blowin’ In The Wind, The Times They Are A Changing and Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.
For some he is the 70s vibe with One More Cup Of Coffee and Tangled Up In Blue.
One thing is certain, Bob Dylan shall keep blowin’ in the wind for as long as he is still around.
In 1999, Blowin’ In The Wind was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.
In 2004 it was listed as #14 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
One More Cup Of Coffee is from the 1976 album Desire!
One more cup of coffee (Valley Below) is a song by Bob Dylan from his album Desire.
This 1976 recording is ranked by many as Bob Dylan’s finest collaboration work.
Dylan had approached the concept of making an album from many different angels and this 17th studio album was his first attempt at a large collaborative effort.
Collaborative for Dylan meant chaotic for the rest of the band, the violin player for example, Scarlet Rivera was spotted walking down the street with her violin case as Dylan past by in his limo.
Scarlet ended up playing on most songs on the album which was recorded at several session during 1975.
Overseen by producer Don Devito, many famed musicians were involved in the making of Desire.
Desire guest Artists
Eric Clapton was at one point present but he soon left the studio, advising Dylan to get a smaller band (there where five guitar players present on that day).
Emmylou Harris sings the improvised harmony on the original recording making it her first big performance as she at the time was relatively unknown.
It is very possible that Dylan surrounded himself with this many musicians since his marriage was heavily on the rocks during this time.
The song Sara speaks for itself, the vocal take for Sara was done with Dylan singing it to her in the studio, two years later she filed for divorce.
Another controversial track off Desire is Hurricane, a true tale of how Rubin Hurricane Carter was wrongly jailed for triple murder.
Dylan has since 1976 never performed the song again. Desire is one of those albums that, should you buy it, it could change your perception of music.
Since its release, One More Cup Of Coffee has been covered by many artists including The White Stripes, Calexico, Roger McGuinn and Robert Plant.