By JAMES ANDERSON and CHARLES FENTON
"Come mothers and fathers throughout the land, And don't criticize what you can't understand. For your sons and your daughters are beyond your command - your old road is rapidly aging; Please get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand, For the times they are a changin'."
And so is Bob Dylan.
Dylan became popular at the crest of the folk music wave. His driving guitar, harmonica and Midwestern twang were reminiscent of Woody Guthrie.
He was adopted as a new prophet by the "hard core" folk music fans.
Today mention of his name draws varied reactions:
- Shock and dismay from parents.
- Cries of "fink" and "fraud" from former disciples because Dylan now plays electric guitar, piano and police siren in addition to his "pure" guitar and harmonica.
- Shouts of "hosanna" from a rebellious generation.
- Questioning stares of non-recognition from hermits who have heard no popular or topical singers for at least two years.
His songs are frequently performed by top rock groups such as The Beatles, the Byrds, Sonny and Cher and the Turtles.
Even Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, and Odetta have hit the Dylan trail. They occasionally devote large sections of an album to the poignant and bitter "art of Dylan" that has made him one of the most dynamic influences in contemporary music.
Bob Dylan will appear in concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Central Ticket Office, Sears Northland and Town and Country Shopping Center.