Here’s a new piece I wrote for Lockeland Springsteen, my favorite Nashville blog.
By Grant Maxwell, author ofHow Does It Feel?: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Philosophy of Rock and Roll.
When Bob Dylan recorded Nashville Skyline in February 1969, the world was exploding. The Vietnam War raged on and the psychedelic counterculture was nearing its peak, with the Woodstock festival just six months away. But Dylan, always ahead of his time, had already been where the culture was headed in his three mid-sixties records, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde. Nashville Skyline, with its country sound and rural imagery, pointed the way that a lot of music would go in the early seventies, from CSNY, Neil Young, and The Grateful Dead to Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings.
What made Nashville Skyline so different from Dylan’s mid-sixties work, and even from The Basement Tapes and John Wesley…
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