Critical Song Analysis of Blowin' In the Wind Essay

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Critical Song Analysis of Blowin' In the Wind

In Our expressive arts class we are studying the topic the 60’s. We were asked to analyse the song “blowin’ in the wind”. The song “blowin’ in the wind”, was a very popular song in the 60’s and was written by a man called Bob Dylan.

Born May 24th, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, Bob Dylan was destined to be a star. His original name, however, was not Bob Dylan. His first name was Robert Allen Zimmerman, but changed it later, when he began to record. But long before Bob Dylan's recording days he was a young man with the ambition to be a musical icon. And it all began in the early forties. Bob started writing poems at around the age of ten and soon
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Dylan's first album was to be simply called "Bob Dylan". The album was nothing of what it was expected to be. Dylan had not played his own music on this album; instead he played many traditional folk songs. For his next album, Dylan would turn all of this around. And soon began his era.

One of the best pieces of music produced by Bob Dylan was the protesting song he made in the 1960’s. It was like a national anthem so no one really questioned who wrote the song. Some musicians of the Sixties used Songs as a means of social protest, like the song blowin in the wind. The Protest musicians of the Sixties lead in a revolution, and gave rise to processes that resulted in America's withdrawal of forces from Vietnam, abolition of slavery, striving towards attaining world peace, etc. So these protest songs had a big influence on the community and played a large part in the 60’s. They did not talk about issues at the time in detail, but put them into a song and translated them to the audience through almost, hidden messages.

The song is set out very neatly, in 3 separate verses, and on every other line has a question. It is set out almost like a poem. He uses instruments like the harmonica and guitar in his song. By using these instruments create images of protest songs, as many of the songs were played with the guitar. As the guitar is played

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