Bob Dylan was a bona fide believer in the power of song to create change.
During Bob Dylan’s acceptance speech at the lavish December 1963 award ceremony for the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, when he basically alienated the mostly white audience, he criticized the recent freedom march on Washington: “I looked around at all the Negroes there and I didn’t see any Negroes that looked like none of my friends. My friends don’t wear suits.”
Obviously addressing his own suit-wearing audience, he then shocked the crowd further by saying he and Lee Harvey Oswald had a lot in common. As the booing started, he walked off.
Bob Dylan may not have the best voice, but he became the voice of a generation.
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