His career as a folk singer writing protest songs lasted all of about a year. Outside of Hurricane they are all on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (May 1963) and The Times They Are A’Changin’ (Jan. 1964). After that there was a marked turn away from political themes or songs about injustice within his music. I think that is often forgotten and it is strange since that work still overshadows his other work which is both much larger and much better.
His role as a countercultural icon wasn’t one he asked for and he was never at the marches and so on like Joan Baez.
“His role as a countercultural icon wasnt one he asked for and he was never at the marches and so on like Joan Baez.”
Never at the anti-war marches, anyhow. I think he wanted to be Elvis, not Che. Some of that crappy folk crowd never forgave him for it, and at the time he was looked at as a traitor to the revolution when he embraced the rock.