…and speaking of ahead of his time:
Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changing’
By Andrew Goutman
(January 18, 2014) Fifty years ago, in the winter of ’64, while America was fixated on the Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (a life-changing event for me), another musical milestone occurred not too far from where the Beatles landed.
That prior summer, Bob Dylan, his spirit galvanized by the March on Washington and the murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers that gave the March its urgency, began recording his third studio album for Columbia Records in New York City. The album, “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” was released on January 13, 1964. Although there won’t be any CBS specials commemorating its release, the album would dig deep into the consciousness of America’s youth.
Bob Dylan did much more than rest on his laurels in New York. Mindful of the atrocities that culminated in Medgar Evers’ death (the song, “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” could have referred to Evers’ assassin), he performed for voter registration activists in Greenwood, Mississippi and elsewhere in 1964. That was 50 years ago.
Come mothers and fathers throughout the land,
And don’t criticize what you don’t understand.
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command.
Your old road is rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand, for
The times they are a-changin’.