Nearly everyone from the ’60s say they knew exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard of President Kennedy’s assassination; well 00individual doesn’t, but he does know exactly where he was and what he was doing when he first heard Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone. He was 14, and had just come home from wherever he was that day to his room in the back of the house. To get there he crossed by a short hallway to the kitchen which always had either of the two Top 30 L.A. stations, KFWB or KHJ, on all day and into the evening. As he ran his fingers along the length of the ironing board top on the way to his room the tactile sensation met a sound sensation and he froze in his steps. What was that sound? He entered the hallway to the kitchen and heard a six minute musical odyssey.
There was a strange alluring feeling that emanated from “Like A Rolling Stone” – it can best be summarized by 00individual as nothing less than a breakthrough in music. This song became the confirmation that a new level had been established. And it had. 00individual could feel it. It was the next level of sound that The Beatles’ I Want To Hold Your Hand started. The difference was that this was not Pop, and not Folk, and not Rock – this was like nothing ever heard before.
This was Like A Rolling Stone and it came from a much deeper place, it showed the emotional involvement that could be experienced with songs that lasted longer than the typical three to four minute semi-standard. But it was even much more than that; the feelings and honesty of Dylan’s voice, the pacing of the song, the captivating interest to hear another verse all contributed to Like A Rolling Stone literally being a sonic drug – as while it was addicting in a good way, it certainly expanded the Counter-Culture’s consciousness and reverberated out to receptive individuals everywhere, then and now.
One of the All Time Greatest Hits albums that truly was:
BOB DYLAN’S GREATEST HITS
1. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” released March 22, 1966 – 4:40
2. “Blowin’ in the Wind” released August 13, 1963 -2:51
3. “The Times They Are a-Changin'” 3:16
4. “It Ain’t Me Babe” 3:38
5. “Like a Rolling Stone” released June 28, 1965 – 6:12
6. “Mr. Tambourine Man” 5:31
7. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” released March 8, 1965 – 2:22
8. “I Want You” released June 10, 1966 – 3:09
9. “Positively 4th Street” released September 7, 1965 – 4:12
10. “Just Like a Woman” released August 18, 1966 – 4:53
Looking at these titles is like walking through a museum of rare iconic treasures, each one is unique and impressive and tells a different tale, only they are all done by one man.
Large fold-out poster included with initial releases.
While aware of Dylan’s previous albums, it wasn’t until Highway 61 Revisited in ’65 that 00individual really got into the sardonic and righteously angry attitude of Dylan’s songs – as his “you think you know me but you don’t” serious expression on the classic album cover below reveals.
00individual had his share of teenage angst and “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “Ballad of a Thin Man”, “Desolation Row”, “Highway 61 Revisited”, the absolutely terrific shut down, put down, karmic single, “Positively 4th Street”, and of course the historic “Like a Rolling Stone” were songs he memorized and dementedly rejoiced in singing along with a typical rebellious teenage attitude.
Volumes have been written about Dylan by writers and historians with dedicated intense insightful detail, so all 00individual can add regarding this historic Righteous Rockin’ Troubadour is that Dylan was not only a magickal lyrical rebel musician who stood for justice, independence and equality, but through his exceptional music he provided the spirit and confidence that a young teen needed at just the right time to become an individual.
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