Sam Cooke, one of the greatest voices of popular music, was inspired by Bob Dylan’s song “Blowin’ in the Wind” and how a white person could write so powerfully about racism. Cooke wrote “A Change is Gonna Come” after he and his friends were refused lodging in a ‘whites only’ motel in Louisiana. Cooke was risking his career in doing so.
Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” was written as an indictment of the ‘military industrial complex’.
Bob Dylan was called the ‘conscience and voice of a generation.’ He put into song what people wanted to express but had not the words. The song “The Times They Are a-Changin’” would resound throughout the years of the 1960s.
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