Who could write a manifesto for his generation that would resist time and still be inspiring, more than fifty years later?
Bob Dylan donated to the world The Times They Are A-Changin’ in 1964, a time of social and political turmoil when girls and boys of a new generation rose up to change the Western world forever. The folk movement, with its connections to the upcoming civil right movement, played an important part in the counterculture of the Sixties, helping shape the modern society we were born in.
But The Times They Are A-Changin’ is not a mere political song: its meaning is rooted in the concept of being young and free rather than in a specific ideology. Being young, in this context, has nothing to do with age, but with an attitude, an idea of tolerance, a feeling of limitless potential, a willingness to be open to the world.
It is undeniable, however, that this song evokes social justice, freedom, and an inclination towards change and rebellion, especially if considered as part of an album that also includes, among others, songs such as The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll or With God On Our Side.
I decided to include this song in Dylanopedia, my project of covers that pays tribute to Dylan, as I think it still resonates, especially with the people of my generation who want to keep our world free and open.
The concept of being young, as explained earlier, is yet again embodied in the masses of children who march with their parents asking governments to pay more attention to our environment. It is embodied in the international feminist movements that work on a daily basis to defend women’s rights.
For the video to my rendition of The Times They Are A-Changin’, I decided to use some footage shot by Italian director Stefano Battaglia during a trans-feminist march in Verona, the city that hosted the Congress of Family this year. The march was a response to bigotry, but also a way to strongly warn governments: we are not willing to step back when it comes to our personal and civil rights.
I think The Times They Are A-Changin’ is the perfect soundtrack to highlight this statement.
Here’s the video. Let me know what you think.
You can check out the original video by Stefano Battaglia at this link.