«Like a rolling stone» er det mest banebrytende som har skjedd innen musikk, film og TV de siste 50 år. Selv om slike avstemninger er noe tull, sier den mye om Dylans unike posisjon.
Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone -the song that, according to Bruce Springsteen, «sounded like somebody’d kicked open the door to your mind» – was yesterday judged the most important of 100 music, movie and television moments that have changed the world.
Uncut magazine polled industry experts, musicians and actors for their seminal experiences in the past 50 years. Dylan just edged out the day that rock ‘n’ roll finally took off across the world – the first radio broadcast of Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel.
Dylan’s single, recorded in 1965 for his influential album Highway 61 Revisited, was remarkable for its lyrics. Griel Marcus, his biographer, said the phrase «How does it feel?» does not just come out of his mouth, it «explodes», with Al Cooper on organ seemingly «determined to catch every fragment of the song as it flies away».
Patti Smith, who recently ran London’s Meltdown Festival, said of the Dylan song: «I absolutely remember where I was when I first heard it. It got me through adolescence.»
Allan Jones, Uncut’s editor, said: «This list has been a massive undertaking, and considering which films have had a greater cultural impact than Bowie, for example, has fuelled many discussions.
«What we have been left with is Dylan as the most seminal artistic statement of the last five decades -but I’m sure others will disagree.»