The hip folkie who became a spokesperson of the anti-war, protest generation at such an early stage in his career, and has subsequently maintained his popularity, even though he has now moved far away from the powerful political folk music of the 60s for which he was the leading voice.
Dylan is one of the greatest icons of post 60s music as a singer/songwriter of dozens of anthemic songs. A gigantic figure with his passion for many genres of music still burning bright; clearly demonstrated in his most recent acclaimed recordings, which began with his collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois on the brilliant Time Out Of Mind. This was the beginning of a series of superb albums which includes Love And Theft and Modern Times. Since Time Out Of Mind, Dylan has re-invented himself as an interpreter of American music and much of his most recent work, especially on Together Through Life, draws heavily on folk, country and jazz styles of the 40s and 50s.
His 2012 album Tempest earned glowing reviews right across the board. Reviews as good as any he has received at any point during his long career. It also endured that he has released at least 1 great album in each of the last 6 decades.
The Never Ending Tour continues and not content to rest on his laurels, he has even taken on the roll of DJ with his superb radio show The Theme Time Radio Hour, which reflects classic American Radio shows of the 50s and invites listeners along while Bob displays his encyclopaedic knowledge of American music genres. He is unquestionably the 20th century’s greatest musical poet; be it folk, blues, country or rock, he nails it all with experience and authority.