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How Bob Dylan hinted at the rise of Trump back in 2012

The cover of the Rolling Stone, September 27, 2012 (CREDIT: Rolling Stone Magazine)

Five years ago, Bob Dylan warned of the dangers of ignoring racism in America

Happy birthday to Bob Dylan, who was born on May 24, 1941, and once said in an interview, “When I was a boy, Harry Truman was president. Who’d want to be Harry Truman?”

During Dylan’s 50-plus year career, it has not been unusual for him to capture the political and social climate of the times, or in some cases, predict it, in his songs. Dylan’s early compositions articulated and chronicled the social upheaval of the early 1960s, and at the end of that decade, his Woodstock lifestyle was the blueprint for the pastoral back-to-the-country movement, although Dylan was never a fan of “hippies”. His embrace of Christianity in the late 1970s foreshadowed the rise of religious fervor and televised evangelism in the following decade. His most prescient artistic statement was his album, “Love & Theft,” released on September 11, 2001, with many lines and images eerily reflecting that day’s tragic headlines.

 

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Artist Bob Dylan
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