Day 7: I think Bob Dylan may have invented angst (aka white man’s blues). This album makes the cut simply cuz it’s got “Like A Rolling Stone” as its opening track.
At an auction in 2014, Dylan's handwritten lyrics to the song fetched a world record $2 million.
Rolling stone named it #1
on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (although they might be a little biased). The song opens with the famous snare drum, which Springsteen has described as the snare shot that “sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind.” It also features Al Kooper’s famous organ riffs, which ended up in the final cut purely by accident.
Kooper was a guest of another musician at the sessions and wasn’t even an organ player, just knew he had a good riff in his mind for it. When you listen you can hear that almost all the chords come a beat after the rest of the instruments. That’s because he was so unconfident in his organ playing that he had to form the chords with his fingers before he actually pressed down to make a sound. The producer was so embarrassed he tried to bury the organ in the mix. When Dylan later came around to hear what they had the first thing he said was “turn the organ up.” If you’re curious about Dylan, start with Scorsese’s documentary No Direction Home, that’s where I got the Al Kooper story.