"It wasn't like it was a different world ... But the same one with more urgency ... After a while you become aware of nothing but a culture of feeling, of black days, of schism, evil for evil, the common destiny of human beings getting thrown off course. Back there, America was put on the cross, died, and was resurrected. There was nothing synthetic about it. The godawful truth of that would be the all-embracing template behind everything that I would write."
On PBS later this month a Martin Scorcese documentary on Dylan, entitled "No Direction Home" will be aired. In my humble opinion, no other songwriter has embodied the voice of so many generations. His songs are as pertinent today as they were in the early sixties. Take "Masters of War" for example:
Come you masters of warHe could have written this song last week, for all it's imagery and validity today.
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.