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There are vast amounts of electronic resources available on Bob Dylan Most internet resources deal with current tour dates set listings available lyrics and general reasons why the web designer has a Bob Dylan page and why he or she likes Dylan These are of little use for someone attempting to persuade his audience that Dylan is an American icon and a significant contributor to twentieth century music and literature However there are a few sources that provided interesting and thoughtful reasons why Dylan is significant andor how his lyrics go beyond simple rhymes that blend together well with some guitar chords a bass and drums An article written by Robert Chapman African American Culture and Bob Dylan Why He Matters discusses Dylans role as a white man championing the cause of civil rights in the early 1960s One of the reasons I gave for Dylans importance to American culture was his involvement in the volatile and controversial civil rights movement Therefore this source relates directly to my topic Although it is not clearly stated I have to assume that Mr Chapman is African American because in the second paragraph of his article he justifies why he is writing about what a white man has to do with African American culture The article quotes lyrics from four songs that directly or indirectly deal with the struggle faced by African Americans in the United States of the 1960s I feel that Mr Chapman is a credible source first because he is African American and thefefore has experienced first hand the struggle of the race and second he does seem to have some knowledge of D ylans lyrics He feels Dylan is significant because he knocked down some serious barriers to what was thought possible within the parameter of popular music Mr Chapman allowed me to be able to see further into some of Dylans most poignant lyrics to view them in a different light than I
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