Bob Dylan Hurricane John Slater

A legend was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth,Minnesota. Robert Allen Zimmerman started his career in the music industry while attending college. He performed folk and country songs while acquiring the name "Bob Dylan". In 1961 Bob Dylan signed his first recording contract. The rest is all uphill from there. Winning 10 Grammy's, a Academy award, a Golden Globe Award, Album of the Year, and also Best Country Song. Also being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Nobel Prize in literature.

Hurricane-1975

  • Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night
  • Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall
  • She sees a bartender in a pool of blood
  • Cries out my God, they killed them all
  • Here comes the story of the Hurricane
  • The man the authorities came to blame
  • For somethin' that he never done
  • Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been
  • The champion of the world

Explanation

June 17, 1966 Patterson, New Jersey. Three white men were gunned down at a bar. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was the one that was blamed for something he never did. Spending nineteen years in prison for a murder that he was not associated with. Boxing from 1965 to 1966 with a 7-1 record.

Hurricane

  • Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
  • Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin' around
  • Number one contender for the middleweight crown
  • Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
  • When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
  • Just like the time before and the time before that
  • In Paterson that's just the way things go
  • f you're black you might as well not show up on the street
  • 'Less you want to draw the heat

Explanation

In another part of town Carter and his friends are casually driving around town. Without any idea of what they are about to be hit with. Racial profiling was the usual back then, when they saw the lights they already knew the drill. Carters life changed big time that night for the worst.

Significance

"Hurricane" was a song of protest. Bob Dylan taking Hurricane Carters case and making it into a song. Resulting in more and more people knowing about the incident. He makes it very clear that racial profiling is something that is a problem. This song was an attempt to fight against racism. Bob Dylan raised over 100,000 dollars for Carters defense at a Madison Square Garden concert. Even held a charity concert for him in the Astrodome. His efforts got Carter another trial in 1976, where he was again convicted guilty. Finally being freed in 1984 when they overturned his conviction.

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