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Times Are A-Changin'

Times Are A-Changin'

In 1964, when “The Times They Are A-Changin’” first caught the nation’s ear, Bob Dylan was already being called the voice of a generation, and this sounded like the kind of song a voice of a generation would write. It seemed like it had been written by a committee: all bases covered. Pundits, politicians, parents — look out, the world is turning upside down.

And yet the song was too unpredictably written and compoed to surrender to its own cliches. You couldn’t sing along to it, as with “This Land is Your Land” or “Eyes on the Prize.” “Come Senators, Congressmen/Please heed the call,” Dylan sang — that was a trumpt blowing flat. But “Don’t stand in the doorway/Don’t block up the hall” instnatly raised the specter not of the people’s representatives but of the people themselves, a tide rushing through.

The song has never gone away. Its licensing for commercials — for a Canadian bank years back, for Kaiser Permanente today — has not deformed it, perhaps because the song never promised that the times were changing for the better, only that change was the rhythm of life — in politics and culture, style and ideas, images and sound. Today it’s less a promise than a challenge, to whoever might hear it, a flag waving for all that could change: could, should, might, won’t, must. [Greil Marcus]

UPDATE :: Added the other two interviews!

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  • emmy

    hi. :)

  • http://??? skylar

    Ethan is such a babe. I lust for him. But he needed to suck in the gut for the picture.

  • Alyson

    You just crushed my hopes of reading a article about Shia LeBeouf. What’s witht he article about James McAvoy?

  • Nanea

    I would have loved to see the article about Shia as well, especially as we can’t get Interview over here…

  • jess

    whats with all the girls eyes looking a little effed up?

  • Just Jared

    You’re right, Jess.

    And I can post the Shia one later tomorrow…

  • what

    why is there no mention of catalina in your blirb?

  • Patrick

    Thanks for the post! Can’t wait to see the Shia article!

  • http://??? skylar

    Does anyone know if Ethan has a girlfriend? Cause I could make myself available…

  • Roger

    Ethan does have a bit of a belly there. I think it’s kind of hot, and I’m sad that he’s concealing part of it.

  • maggie

    Thanks for the interview on Keith Urban. He is HOTTT!!! Seems like a nice, intelligent guy, too.

  • Jules

    Poor Keith looks like he is trying to keep his head out of her chest the way she is sticking her boobs at him. The should have changed the arranging a little since he now a married man! :)

  • http://??? hammy

    I’m feeling a little light-headed. Must be from swooning over beefy Ethan. HOTTY

  • jchilde

    Times they definitely ain’t a-changin. The guys can dress in casual wear and they look like they got up looking like that. Where on the other hand the women have to dress up like debutantes with make-up and heels and they’re racks hanging out! Jesus! Do I smell a double-standard?