Blowing in the Wind

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As a creature of the '60s, I spent my early teens listening to and appreciating Bob Dylan (search).

At first, his rebellious nature caught my interest. But what appealed to me more was that his sharp edge cut not just through the hypocrisies of middle-class culture, but also through the phoniness of the '60s counter-culture. He did not suffer fools lightly, no matter what their affiliation, as you can see from the brilliant film biography of him called "Don’t Look Back." He smacked down softheaded hippies as eagerly as he took on middle-class suburbanites.

Now it turns out, that the middle-class lifestyle that so many of us assumed Dylan was knocking, is exactly where Dylan himself wanted to be. In his new autobiography, a piece of which is excerpted in Newsweek, Dylan writes: "…what I was fantasizing about was a nine-to-five existence, a house on a tree-lined block with a white picket fence, pink roses in the backyard. That would have been nice. That was my deepest dream."

So it turns out that the artistic embodiment of the '60s counter-culture was really a secret admirer of the American dream.

And that’s the Observer.

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