Bob Dylan is 70. There has been a flood of newspaper articles marking his Bobness’s birthday. The Guardian had a a series of articles including a fan’s perspective, suggestions for a birthday gift, a photo gallery and some navel gazing about whether or not they had gone overboard on the event! And the Irish Times ran a piece by Fintan O’Toole that is well worth reading (Thanks to John Naughton).
I have chosen to record the event with Masters of War, a classic track from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, the only Dylan album I ever bought on CD. As usual, I had problems deciding which track to select from the album, but, with daily news from Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, this one seemed to be the most appropriate.
Masters of War is a classic folk protest song, and there has been some discussion about the genre since the publication, earlier this year, of 33 Revolutions Per Minute (A History of Protest Song) by Dorian Lynskey. The book was well reviewed and led to the publication of another interesting Guardian photo gallery. And to risk over-linkage and over-Guardianage, checkout this video of Martin Carthy and Tom Robinson discussing protest song.
I think that I should have a mini season of protest songs, so – watch this space.