Bringing It All Back Home

Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home

Episode 5

Episode date - July 6, 2007

How Music Changed

    Our fifth show dedicated to the musical development of Bob Dylan features songs from Dylan’s fifth album, “Bringing It All Back Home.” At this point of his career, everything seems to reach critical mass. His musical progression has brought him (and in the process, the rest of the planet) to places that were unthinkable at the start of his career, and for every old fan who resents the development, there are a few hundred new ones who are intrigued.

    In 1965, Dylan’s imagination and creativity is bursting beyond the expectations – and the boundaries – that the ‘new folk’ movement attempts to impose. His previous album, “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” signified his independence from any imposed tyranny, especially those that affected his own creative instincts. If that album left the traditionalists critical and baffled, “Bringing It All Back Home” left them angry and abandoned. Rock and roll was considered crass by the folk elite, so why did Dylan record an entire album side with an electrified rock and roll band? How could Dylan be an earnest folk artist if he’s catering to the pop crowd?

    The time for a showdown was imminent but for now, the artistic, critical and commercial success of this album rendered any debate as moot. The controversy only fueled the media attention, and in short order, Bob Dylan soon found himself at the helm of America’s cultural scene.

    Here’s a list of songs featured in today’s program;

    Mr. Tambourine Man

    Gates of Eden

    It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

    House of the Rising Sun (excerpt)

    Subterranean Homesick Blues

    She Belongs to Me

    Maggie’s Farm

    Love Minus Zero/No Limit

    Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream

    It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

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