The Influence of Bob Dylan on Music

Bob Dylan

Answer: Bob Dylan was so influential that even the most infamous leftist terrorist organization in U.S. history — the Weathermen — took their name from a Dylan lyric (“You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” from “Subterranean Homesick Blues“)

(The Question was: How influential was Bob Dylan?)

Less militant parties have also taken a modicum of influence from the man born as Robert Allen Zimmerman, Jr.: in particular, other musicians. So to finally put the spotlight back on the Bard of Duluth, here is a list of artists and bands who have taken their names from Bob Dylan song titles and lyrics.

John Wesley Harding “John Wesley Harding”
from John Wesley Harding
Pavement “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
from Bringing It All Back Home

    Johnny’s in the basement/
    Mixing up the medicine/
    I’m on the pavement/
    Thinking about the government

Yazoo (aka Yaz) “Yazoo Street Scandal”
from The Basement Tapes
The Black Crowes “Black Crow Blues”
from Another Side of Bob Dylan
Hard Rain “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall”
from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Menstrual Boy “Minstrel Boy”
from Self Portrait
Violent Femmes “Violent Femmes”
from a secret unreleased, unheard, and completely unknown Bob Dylan demo
Vitamin C “Ballad in Plain D”
from Another Side of Bob Dylan
BD Boilerplate and the BBQ Bang Boys from complete Bob Dylan catalog
The Rolling Stones “Like a Rolling Stone”
from Highway 61 Revisited
Mr. Mister “Mr. Tambourine Man”
from Bringing It All Back Home
Casey Jones “Casey Jones”
from Workingman’s Dead
The The “Blowin’ in the Wind”
from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan “Bob Dylan’s Blues”
from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Hurricane Katrina “Hurricane”
from Desire

W. David MARX
January 7, 2008

W. David Marx (Marxy) — Tokyo-based writer and musician — is the founder and chief editor of Néojaponisme.

8 Responses

  1. The Influence of Bob Dylan on Music Says:

    […] The Influence of Bob Dylan on Music Answer: Bob Dylan was so influential that even the most infamous leftist terrorist organization in U.S. history — the Weathermen — took their name from a Dylan lyric (”You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” from “Subterranean Homesick Blues“) (The Question was: How influential is Bob Dylan?) Less militant parties have also taken a modicum of influence from the man born as Robert Allen Zimmerman, Jr.: in particular, other musicians. So to finally put the spotlight bac […]

  2. erisdiscordia Says:

    That’s nothing. I’m so influential, a goddess took her name from me!

    e.

  3. Chuckles Says:

    Neil f*****g Young. Thats how influential Dylan is!

  4. Aceface Says:

    「ホフ・ディラン」がないじゃん。
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmJo2gnWJck&feature=related

  5. W. David MARX Says:

    Hoff Dylan is one of the more clever band names of the 90s.

  6. odot Says:

    the dylan group? strictly unknown poet dylan thomas? woody guthrie? bob marley?

    favorite post so far, anyway. waving hello.

  7. davido Says:

    The Rolling Stones took their name from a Muddy Waters song called “Rollin’ Stone” (and is a classic, best-of-genre-type blues song)… which was based on an older song called Catfish Blues by the older Mississippi blues player Robert Petway. Dylan got his lyric from the Muddy Water song too.. and Jimi Hendrix re-wrote it as Voodoo Chile. (Dylan’s song comes 4 years after the Rolling Stones’ first release)…

  8. davido Says:

    Right, this was a joke.