Bob Dylan, the legend behind songs like “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “All Along the Watchtower” released a new album titled “Rough and Rowdy Ways.” At 79 years old, Dylan has become the oldest male artists to release a #1 album ranging in topics from the assassination of John F. Kennedy, to major American movements and events that shaped the world we live in today.
As the Daily Mail notes, “the legendary singer now joins the likes of Queen and Abba with the achievement of nine number one albums in the UK, reports the Official Charts Company.” Dylan’s achievement adds another chapter to a career spanning the formative decades of the sixties, up until today’s events of recessions, terror attacks, and pandemics.
Dylan’s music transcends even the best of rock’s pantheon. His role in American culture is cemented by the fact that his album outsold the likes of Lady Gaga, Lewis Capaldi, and Harry Styles. That fact that this is Dylan’s 9th #1 selling album places him in the ranks of Queen and Abba, all of which shaped the direction of music away from folk and into the era of electric rock and sprawling albums like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”
If you want to learn more about Bob Dylan, the documentary film “No Direction Home” is available on Netflix. Netflix also produced a film, with Martin Scorcese at the helm, to chronicle the troubled spirit of America in 1975 along with the joyous music that Bob Dylan performed during the fall of that year.
There are also talks of a film starring Timothee Chalamet as Dylan, which will cover the year Dylan switched from folk to electric rock–a shift that brought him insults like “Judas.”