Moral Low Ground


Happy 70th Birthday to the Legendary Bob Dylan

Joan Baez and Bob Dylan play at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; August 28, 1963














Some call him the voice of one of the most tumultuous and transformative decades in American history. Others call him the greatest folk singer-songwriter our nation, and arguably the world, has ever known. Yet others point to his indispensable contributions to the civil rights and anti-war movements.

Today, we celebrate the man born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. You know him better as Bob Dylan. And beyond the 11 Grammys, the Golden Globe and the Oscar he’s won (among countless other accolades), Moral Low Ground salutes this true American icon for his unmistakably poetic proselytization of peace.

With his rusty voice and fearlessly flowing lyrics, it is safe to say there will never be another Bob Dylan. Wrote biographer Howard Sounes: “There are giant figures in art who are sublimely good—Mozart, Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, Shakespeare, Dickens. Dylan ranks alongside these artists.”

Today, Democracy Now! took a long look at Dylan’s early years, when he first moved to New York City and found his voice amid the burgeoning counterculture scene of the 1960s:

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