From a young age, Dylan had an interest in music and was driven by several entertainment icons such as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. This led him to dropout of college to focus full-time on what he loved to do most: creating music. As Dylan reached his 20s, he started to produce a wide collection of songs at a very fast pace. In fact, many of these songs written during this time are presented in the album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Through the use of traditional music and meaningful lyrics, Dylan creates an album that exemplifies both protest and sorrow.
Since the 1970’s reggae music has gained global recognition as an influential genre on politics and beliefs, infused with Rastafarian ideas distinguishing it as the sound of the Caribbean. Thanks to inspiring artists like Bob Marley and The Wailers, it became a platform for expression during times of war and poverty. Reggae originated in Jamaica to express the discontent in the society. Now, the bounds of reggae have been pushed to further influence cultural and political views in Haiti and Brazil, and younger genres like Dancehall derived from reggae, are heard in popular American music. One of the most defining moments of reggae was the 1978 One Love Concert in Kingston, Jamaica hosted by Marley.
Elvis started out as a middle-class working American (Scheiber). President at the time, Jimmy Carter, said that he was America’s “vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor” (“Elvis Presley” St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture). This comment shows how Elvis impacted America by being full of energy, crazy, and funny. Of course everyone liked him as well as the president of the United States. He represented America in a way.
As was mentioned above, the American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, born as Robert Zimmerman, heavily utilises literary features in his songs, the use of which earned him the title of Nobel Laureate for 2016. Upon entering the musical world in 1965, his first two albums: and Blonde on Blonde, consisted of social outcry, and a commentary on the world he lived in, through song. The song “Visions of Johanna” is lauded as being some of Dylan’s finest literary work due to its treatment of the subject: persons who cannot express their feelings effectively, and who don’t understand themselves in entirety. As of 2010, “Visions of Johanna” is ranked in four hundred and thirteenth place on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, determined
He got the audience’s attention by channeling the symbolic meaning of the song ‘My Country tis of Thee’. For example, King “Envisioning an America whose children could all sing with new and true meaning the proud claim “sweet land of liberty” in its namesake hymn, he brought his speech to its unforgettable crescendo with his refrain: “I have a dream”—a dream not apart from or against, but rather of, from, and for America—“a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”(Myers). Referring back to I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, King grabbed the audience by diving right into the
Milton Glaser is the personification of American graphic design of the 20th century. He has influenced many and impacted the profession internationally. Milton Glaser is exceedingly creative and effective in his work. Bob Dylan’s poster was created by Milton Glaser in 1967 for the artist’s greatest hits album. The poster features the musician’s side profile as a silhouette with his hair shaped into many different curves and filled in with vibrant colours.
Many countries have patriotic songs that are sung and known throughout the country. Today, sang at patriotic and sporting events, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is officially the United States of America’s national anthem. The original poem was written by Francis Scott Key in the 19th century, and “his words told of an exciting sea battle. They also celebrated a great military upset on land, one that filled all Americans with pride” (Sonneborn 20). Many factors helped influence and inspire the writing of the song.
He was also awarded a Tony award for his play “Aida,”(Grant,2012) as well as ten Tonys for his version of the play “Lestat”. (Ray,2013) One of his biggest accomplishments was that he got his album, “captain fantastic” to be number one on the charts. (Larkin,2002) In 2001, John won the “Grammy Legend Award.” Earlier in his career, in 1991, he won another Grammy for his song “Basque.” (Behe, 2011) John was given the “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Award as well. He got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. (Hawkins,2004) He led an amazing career, but he is also doing some very intriguing things in his life
In 1983 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and was according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography "an unexpected and even contentious choice". In 1988 Golding was appointed a Knight Bachelor. In September 1993, only a few months after his sudden death, the First International William Golding Conference was held in France, where Golding's presence had been promised and eagerly anticipated. His success shows that even a great writer and playwright like him went through a lot of hardships during those crucial times. The impact he made during his struggle is quite immense and it motivates the writers nowadays to challenge themselves even more and work out of their comfort zone.
The “Rolling Stones”, the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World”, or the “Stones” are all names of which the influential bad boys of Rock ‘n’ Roll go by. The well deserved and hardly argued title of the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World” was first bestowed upon them in the 1960s. Although there were other Rock ‘n’ Roll bands rising to fame at this time, almost simultaneously, the Rolling Stones graciously accepted the title and carried it to the top along with them, taking no breaks from the spotlight. The Rolling Stones left a lasting impression on the music industry as well as on most, if not all, of the people that have had the pleasure of enjoying their music, including myself. I was first captivated by the Stones as a kid