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His "Blowin' in the Wind" is a huge hit, and his concerts—last week at Town Hall in Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall—draw sellout crowds, mostly high school and college students to whom Dylan is practically a religion. He has suffered; he has been hung up, man, without bread, without a chick, with twisted wires growing inside him. His audiences share his pain, and seem jealous because they grew up in conventional homes and conventional schools.
The ironic thing is that Bob Dylan, too, grew up in a conventional home, and went to conventional schools. He shrouds his past in contradictions, but he is the elder son of a Hibbing, Minnesota, appliance dealer named Abe Zimmerman, and, as Bobby Zimmerman, he attended Hibbing High School, then briefly the University of Minnesota.
--"'I am my words'," Newsweek, Nov. 4, 1963
The tradition of Broonzy and Guthrie is being carried on by a large number of disciples, most notably a promising young hobo named Bob Dylan. He is 21 and comes from Duluth. He dresses in sheepskin and a black corduroy Huck Finn cap, which covers only a small part of his long' tumbling hair. He makes visits to Woody Guthrie's hospital bed, and he delivers his songs in a studied nasal that has just the right clothespin-on-the-nose honesty to appeal to those who most deeply care. His most celebrated song is Talkin' New York—about his first visit to the city, during the cold winter of 1961, when he discovered "Green Witch Village."
--“Sibyl with Guitar,” TIME Magazine, Nov. 23, 1962
--〈彈吉他的女先知〉，《時代雜誌》，1962 年 11 月 23 日期
Her voice is as clear as air in the autumn, a vibrant, strong, untrained and thrilling soprano.
He was born with a snake above his fist while a hurricane was blowing.
You must know that. Know the fact, or the music, or the truth inside the mythology, spun from roots by his rough magic into cloth of gold, into songs that are the shifting, stormy center of American popular music in the second part of the very century when the music was invented.
Bob Dylan couldn't wait for the music to change. He couldn't be only part of the change. He was the change itself. The snake and the hurricane.
--Jay Cocks, "The folk musician," TIME, Jun. 8, 1998