I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a Bob Dylan fan. I didn't grow up listening to him (at least not intentionally), nor do I own any of his albums. But I do know his place in music history is huge:
"His career accomplishments have been recognized with the Polar Music Prize, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters and Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th century. " ([LINK]
Bob Dylan is an artist who defined an era and an age with his lyrics, style, and music. Many modern musicians claim him as one of their influences, and he has garnered an impressive list of awards. As young musicians, we should know something about this influential and successful musician. As an extension of reading the Fond du Lac Reporter article([LINK]
) about Bob Dylan's lifelong friend, John Bucklen, your assignment is:
Over the weekend, (1) read the Wikipedia article on Bob Dylan (link in left column of this blog) to get more background on this influential music legend. Then I want you to (2) do some research on one of the following topics:
- Bob Dylan's new and critically acclaimed album, "Modern Times," debuted this month at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with nearly 192,000 copies sold. It's Dylan's first chart-topping album in 30 years. Which of his albums was the last one to debut at No. 1 30 years ago? Consult his Columbia Records page, and the Billboard website.
- What are Bob Dylan's most famous songs? List his top ten most popular songs by consulting the iTunes Store. Search for Bob Dylan, look for his top songs, and click on the arrow to see all of them. Then, copy the first ten onto a piece of paper and ask five high school friends and five adults which songs they've heard of (ask them if they can sing or hum any of them). Record your research and draw your own conclusions to which of Bob Dylan's songs are his most famous.
Your final step is (3) to comment to my Bob Dylan blog entry with your findings by Monday, Sep. 25, 9:00 AM. We will read your comments in class on Monday and you will share with the rest of your class what you learned about Bob Dylan.