What Makes Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" A True Masterpiece In Songwriting History?

What Makes Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower” A True Masterpiece In Songwriting History?

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-05-04    4 min read

It’s rare for musicians to win highly coveted awards. A few weeks ago, rapper Kendrick Lamar just won a Pulitzer Prize. As another man who was writing real words for fans, this reminded us of the great Bob Dylan. In this video essay from The Nerdwriter, the editor discusses why Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize, through the quality of his song, “All Along The Watchtower.”

“I don’t play folk rock,” said Bob Dylan in an old interview. When asked what he would call it, Dylan didn’t really have words for the interviewer. In the short video essay, the writer-editor said that the song “All Along The Watchtower” actually has more context than many books and trilogies.

Clearly, since this is about Bob Dylan, it’s hard to argue.

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Brock Swinson


Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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