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By Bob Dylan

Dylan is a musical and political icon. From his early days of protest songs, like Blowing within the Wind, the days they're a altering - to his innovative Subterranean Homesick Blues, and prefer a Rolling Stone, the rustic Lay girl Lay, the non secular sluggish teach Coming, the confessional fool Wind, his songs have spoken to generations, had a tremendous impact on such artists as John Lennon, Lou Reed, Mark Knopfler and been appeared by way of writers and critics reminiscent of Andrew movement and Craig Raine as a poet who stands along such figures as Ginsberg and Walt Whitman.

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In some ways it echoes the bleakness of Forster’s article, and of Peter Grimes itself, but it also asserts the futility of a national English music in a way that contradicts many of Britten’s own later musical choices. The attempt to create a national music is only one symptom of a serious and universal malaise of our time – the refusal to accept the destruction of “community” by the machine…. The English composers of today have consciously or unconsciously seen the danger-signals ahead. They are avoiding the pitfalls that some of their musical fathers and uncles have dug for them.

Both were occasional pieces – one written for a church, another for a school, both for the anniversaries of local institutions – and they looked to an English cultural past and religious tradition. Both works fostered musical production beyond metropolitan centers, and epitomized a resistance to a mode of consumption in mass culture and high culture alike. Britten posed an alternative musical culture of amateur music-making, of educational and occasional works, with ties to the past and a function in public life outside the ghettoized concert hall – a function often reinforced by ritual or ceremonial elements.

See Christina L. Baade, Victory Through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II (Oxford University Press, 2012). On anxieties about popular music on the BBC, see especially 132–134, 196. 34 Set up as an alternative to the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), CEMA fed this interest in more serious leisure pursuits, presenting concerts, plays, and exhibitions at rest centers, air-raid shelters (a practice soon abandoned), and factories across Britain. In document after document in the early and mid-1940s – journalism, CEMA newsletters, personal correspondence, policy materials, program notes, films – a new hunger for the arts (especially music) in the special circumstances of war is invoked, deeply informing the way in which art’s social and personal role was imagined in the coming years: as available to everyone, regardless of class, wealth, or education; as a less tangible but nonetheless necessary good in a time of material hardship; as an aid to and sign of social solidarity; and perhaps most of all, as a defiant upholding of tradition and an ideal of civilized life in the face of rupture and inhumanity.

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