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Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter and poet, was born 70 years ago today. His early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. That particular song was widely recorded and became an international hit for Peter, Paul and Mary:
Dylan’s website offers up a series of comments in tribute to the artist:
The truth is, Bob Dylan is a great American artist. He supported the human being, the spirit of being an American — of knowing that the mountains and the rivulets and the voting booths belong to all of us, all the time.
Bob Dylan has lifted the spirits of millions of people in the world. He has inspired great numbers of artists, and has made those of us who have met him come to be rewarded by the encounter.
SENATOR BILL BRADLEY
I’ve been a fan of Bob’s since the mid-’60s. His lyrics had an appealing complexity to them that spoke on many levels and allowed one’s imagination to flow, in addition to the music and his distinctive voice. I think Bob’s always been who he is. He’s still out there doing it and that means that his public, in this case me, will never be deprived of hearing where he’s coming from at a particular time in their lives.
All I would add is thank you for your music…and happy birthday Mr. Dylan!