Inspired by Dylan

On the 76th birthday of Nobel-laureate, musician and song-writer Bob Dylan, we take a look at some songs and movies inspired by the multi-talented artiste.

Updated - May 24, 2017 07:50 pm IST

Published - May 24, 2017 07:31 pm IST

After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony, the Swedish Academy announced.

After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony, the Swedish Academy announced.

Songs inspired by Bob Dylan

“Happy is a yuppie word” by Switchfoot

The song is believed to have been inspired by Bob Dylan’s answer to a  Rolling Stone  interview in 1991, where to a question on whether he is happy, Dylan replied “These are yuppie words; ‘happiness’ and ‘unhappiness’.”

Only Wanna Be With You - Hootie & the Blowfish

The lyrics of this particular song contains words from Dylan's work including Idiot Wind and a mention of Tangled up in Blue . However, it didn’t go down well with Dylan, as he thought it came too close to plagiarism rather than a tribute.

 

You will see the world on fire - David Bowie

David Bowie through this song pays tribute to 1960s rock music; Bowie mentions Dylan and other musicians in the song.

 

It’s just not the musicians but Dylan's life story has fascinated many writers and directors through the generations. Here are a few movies that one should go for:  

Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett-starrer I’m not here is a biographical musical drama which depicts six characters portraying different aspects of Dylan’s life.

 

Dylan himself has starred in number of movies including  Hearts of Fire, Masked and Anonymous,  and  Renaldo and Clara,  which is directed by him.

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