John Lennon Had A Different Opinion About Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’

John Lennon Had A Different Opinion About Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ | Society Of Rock Videos

Bob Dylan is known for his protest anthems that tackles social and political issues. One of his classics “Blowin’ in the Wind” is connected with the civil rights movement, but the former Beatle John Lennon has a different opinion about the songs.

In a 1980 interview, Lennon spoke about Dylan’s relationship to politics, saying:

“[He] wasn’t ever that political, really.

“He wrote ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘Soldier Song,’ but they’re just poetic politics, folk music of the day. He’s commenting on what’s going on, like a journalist. He never stood in the corner and shouted anything.”

Lennon explained how fans described Dylan’s songs as political, adding:

“It’s what people read into what he did.

“It’s only the constant necessity to identify and label people for the media and public. Maybe millions of people have been born again and then forgotten all about it next Friday. It just so happens that Dylan did it in public.”

Although, “Blowin’ in the Wind” did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it appeared on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan which reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 32 weeks.

In the United Kingdom, “Blowin’ in the Wind” hit No. 93 and stayed on the chart for three weeks reported by The Official Charts Company. While, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan reached No. 1 in the U.K. for two weeks, and spent 49 weeks on the chart altogether.

Up to this day, it’s still one of the most famous songs of Dylan, however may Lennon interpreted the song.

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