Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter who emerged out of the early 60s folk revival to become an informal chronicler and reluctant figurehead of social unrest. He famously made the move from folk music to electric rock in the mid-60s, and has remained a major figure in music for five decades.

By 1965, Bob Dylan had been moving away from the folk community which he had emerged from. Many had noted how Another Side Of Bob Dylan made the move away from the protest song and into more personal and abstract themes. However it was his next album that caused the biggest stir, as with Bringing It All Back Home he entered the world of electric rock music. The folk purists were outraged. His growing audience in the rock and pop worlds were delighted.
Side one of the album saw him backed by a band, performing in a ragged blues-rock style. Side two was mostly acoustic, though he was backed here and there by Bruce Langhorne's electric guitar or Bill Lee's bass. Aesthetic changes aside, his songs were moving in increasingly surreal directions, with his lyrics becoming even more cryptic and unusual. A detailed reading of the songs on Bringing It All Back Home would reveal his disattisfaction with the folk community and his desire to leave it behind. The album introduced many of his most famous songs, among them "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Mr Tambourine Man", "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue".
Bringing It All Back Home was a major landmark for Dylan, and it created waves that moved throughout the folk and pop worlds. It was his declaration of independence from the folk community that had spawned him, and it effectively bridged the gap between folk and rock music. In it's wake, folk artists looked to the use of electric instrumentation, and rock artists turned to folk music for song-writing inspiration. Retrospectively, it can be called one of the first (if not the first) albums of the folk-rock genre, and began a new and controversial chapter in Dylan's career.

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