Recordings: Back to the Roots

It's all music, no more, no less. —Bob Dylan

Wherever Bob Dylan goes, his youthful legions gladly follow, and so, usually, does most of the pop world. He came out of Hibbing, Minn., as a straightforward folk singer in the Woody Guthrie manner. Then he began composing and singing the brooding social-protest lyrics (Masters of War, The Times They Are A-Changin') that epitomized the unrest of a generation. His subsequent fusion of folk and rock transformed the pop scene even more. For last year's John Wesley Harding, Dylan went to Nashville to get an authentic...

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