Sonic Gems: Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

Born on May 24, 1941, American singer-songwriter, author and painter, Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan has been an influence on American music and culture for over five decades.  During the 1960s, he was cast into the role of being a reluctant voice for his generation and gained fame with such songs as Blowin’ In the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin.  These became anthems of the civil rights and anti-war movements respectively.  In 1965, he turned an abrupt about face on what had been his fan base of the American folk music revival and with his epic Like A Rolling Stone grew several more layers with the electrification of his musical soul.

Released on August 30, 1965, Highway 61 Revisited is Dylan’s sixth studio album and used rock musicians as his backing band for every track except the epic 11 minute ballad Desolation Row.  In this album, Dylan’s underlying them is to use driving blues mixed with poetry to create songs capturing the political and cultural chaos of then contemporary America.  Some hold that the 60s started with this album.

Beyond any doubt this album is a 10 out of 10 by any reasonable standards.

Highway 61 Revisited may be listened to here:




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Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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