Dylan seemed unrepentant, touring Europe playing electric music, and in general infuriating people. Whether the boos, jeers and anger bothered him is not widely known, but he had chosen a course and as Bob Dylan will do, he followed it.
Throughout his career Dylan took his own path. Sometimes it was militant Christianity ("you either got faith or you got unbelief and there ain't no neutral ground")*, sometimes it was music built around stage directions ("enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall"). Whatever it was it always seemed he was making music he thought he should.
He was a moving target, who went his own way, and it really started 50 years ago today. Whatever your opinion (and he probably doesn't care) today is an important day in music history, so raise a glass of something you enjoy, and say a silent thank you to the unwilling voice of a generation.***
The moral of this song,
Is simply that one should never be
where one does not belong,
So, when you see your neighbor carryin' somethin'
Help him with his load
And don't go mistakin' Paradise
For that house across the road."****
*"Precious Angel" from Slow Train Coming
**"Hurricane" from Desire
***I am a big fan.
****The "Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" from John Wesley Harding