It seems Bob Dylan has lived a number of different lives over the past six decades since overtaking the folk music scene with his acoustic guitar and harmonica in the early 1960s. He’s somehow managed to remain relevant in some form or fashion no matter how much his arrogance and cynicism rubbed others the wrong the way.
The key to longevity lies in the willingness to adapt and evolve, though not necessarily in that order. What makes Dylan great is that even throughout his changes he’s somehow stuck to the script of writing songs for those that otherwise have no voice.
Dylan’s first four albums provide insight into what was to come in the many years that followed: Songs about life and death; of protest; about the comings and goings of love; and the reality of life’s prejudices.
Included in the Spotify playlist below are six songs each from Bob Dylan (1962), The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963), The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964) and Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964) that touch on the aforementioned topics.
Look for a playlist featuring the next phase of Dylan’s 1960s soon.
Song to Woody – See That My Grave is Kept Clean – Masters of War – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Only a Pawn in Their Game – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll – My Back Pages – Spanish Harlem Incident – In My Time of Dyin’ – Highway 51 Blues – Oxford Town – Down the Highway – One Too Many Mornings – With God on Our Side – Black Crow Blues – Motorpsycho Nightmare – Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – Man of Constant Sorrow – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright – Girl From the North Country – When the Ship Comes In – Boots of Spanish Leather – It Ain’t Me Babe – I Shall Be Free No. 10