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01 June 2012

Bob Dylan honour & Blowin' in the Wind book

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President Barack Obama awards Bob Dylan the Medal of Freedom. Image from the Huffington Post.

We're honoured to offer a small part of Bob Dylan's story at Biome (see more about the book below), so we were pleased to hear that he received the Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor.

According to the Huffington Post, Dylan released his first album in 1962, and his music had a considerable influence on the civil rights movement. The president said he found Dylan's music transcendant, claiming it led to his "world opening up, because Dylan captured something about this country that was so vital."

And from Wikipedia, "Blowin' in the Wind" is a song written by Bob Dylan and released on his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in 1963. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. The refrain "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" has been described as "impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind".

Picture book and CD available at Biome Eco Stores

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.

Bob Dylan's lyrics for "Blowin' in The Wind" are just as relevant today as they were almost 50 years ago.  

The song is often hailed as an anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, but in tackling universal questions about freedom, justice, war and peace, it has become much more than just a protest song.

Now readers of all generations can appreciate Dylan's moving message in this Blowin' in the Wind picture book adaptation illustrated with powerful, poetic paintings by Caldecott honoree Jon J Muth.

This beautiful edition includes a CD of Dylan's original 1963 recording, plus a special note by renowned music columnist Greil Marcus, putting the song in historical context.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind...

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


green world said...

Oh my gosh, I haven't heard that song in a long time. Bob Dylan must surely rank right up there with Elvis and a few others as one of the heavyweight singers of the 20th century.

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