Photograph by Rowland Scherman. National Archives at College Park.
Bob Dylan came to Greenwich Village in January 1961 and was signed to Columbia Records by September. Hailed as a folk singing prophet by 1963, he was called “Judas” at a concert in Manchester in 1966 for using electric instruments. About “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Dylan said, “I didn’t really know if that was a good or bad song. It felt right. But I didn’t know if it had any anthemic quality or anything.” Rolling Stone lists Bob Dylan No. 2 among the 100 greatest artists of all time, between the Beatles at No. 1 and Elvis at No. 3. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016.