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Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?

Bob Dylan

Like A Rolling Stone

Columbia

Release Date: July 19th, 1965

Words by: Nick Bornholt
July 20th, 1965

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"Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?"

Never has condemnation sounded quite as sweet as in this little gem from Highway 61 Revisited. Originally released as a single with "Gates of Eden" on B-Side, "Like A Rolling Stone" entered the world on July 20th, 1965.

The epic swan song of collaboration between Bob Dylan and producer Tom Wilson, this song started its life as a ten-page piece of prose that Dylan described as lyrical "vomit". Honed and crafted at Dylan’s home in Woodstock, the song went through several incarnations - spanning a variety of musical influences - before taking on its final form during two recording sessions in New York City on June 15th/16th, 1965.

Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you? Dylan during the "Like A Rolling Stone" recording sessions in New York.

Dylan claimed "Like a Rolling Stone" brought him back from the brink of giving up on music and that the verbal tirade towards "Miss Lonely" had allowed him to once again "dig" his own musical style. This change in style was signposted most emphatically by this song, highlighting Dylan’s transformation from folk legend to rock superstar.

From the first explosion of percussion, this song is in every way perfect, stirring the soul with an inspiring six minutes of pure genius.

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