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“Things Have Changed”


“Things Have Changed” – Bio

Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman)
Born May 24, 1941
American poetic songwriter, singer, painter, writer, and Nobel prize laureate.

“Things Have Changed” – Movie

The “Wonder Boys” is a 2000 comedy-drama film directed by Curtis Hanson. Hanson had been a fan of Bob Dylan’s music since childhood and a great admirer of his soundtrack for Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Bob Dylan admired Hanson’s previous film, L.A. Confidential and after much convincing, screened 90 minutes of rough footage from the Wonder Boys. Hanson picked Dylan because, as he said, “[w]ho knows more about being a Wonder Boy and the trap it can be, about the expectations and the fear of repeating yourself?”

Bob Dylan wrote and performed “Things Have Changed” Dylan and released it as a single on May 1, 2000.

“Things Have Changed” won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

The director of Wonder Boys, Curtis Hanson, also directed the music video for “Things Have Changed”, using new footage of Dylan and editing it with sequences from Wonder Boys to suggest that Dylan was appearing in the film.

“Things Have Changed” – Bob Dylan – Awards


“Things Have Changed” is a song from the film Wonder Boys, written and performed by Bob Dylan and released as a single on May 1, 2000 and won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'”


“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – Bio

Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman)
Born May 24, 1941
American poetic songwriter, singer, painter, writer, Nobel prize laureate.

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” –

Dylan says ‘Turn the organ up’ and Wilson replies ‘But he’s not an organ player’ Dylan says, ‘I don’t care: turn it up’

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – “Like A Rolling Stone” – Recording

During a difficult two-day preproduction, Dylan struggled to find the essence of the song, which was demoed without success in 3/4 time.

A breakthrough was made when it was tried in a rock music format, and rookie session musician Al Kooper improvised the organ riff for which the track is known.

They started playing it back … after about a verse or two, Bob said to Tom Wilson and says “Hey turn the organ up” … and Tom Wilson said to Bob, “aw man that guy (AL Cooper) is not an organ player, he’s just … and Bob said, “I don’t care, just turn the organ up!” …

“He Didn’t Say ‘No'” – “Like A Rolling Stone” – #1


“Like a Rolling Stone” is a 1965 song by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England.

Dylan distilled this draft into four verses and a chorus. “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album Highway 61 Revisited.

According to review aggregator Acclaimed Music, “Like a Rolling Stone” is the statistically most acclaimed song of all time.

Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at number 1 in their “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.