Peter Yarrow

As it was in the '60s, Bob Dylan’s truth-telling is needed today

As it was in the '60s, Bob Dylan’s truth-telling is needed today

Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for literature is something even he could not have prophesied with his pen when we were young musicians together in Greenwich Village. I was astonished at the news, overjoyed. A sense of validation swept over me. It seems we built a long-lasting platform of sorts, a fortress of folk music, that can still carry the strength of our convictions.

Not everyone agrees with my delight about Dylan’s prize, and he has barely acknowledged it. But I am buoyed that his messages might inspire us again to act on those convictions.

The night Dylan introduced himself to me at Gerdes Folk City, I was...

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