Bob Dylan on Teenage Rebellion

“Woody’s songs were having that big an effect on me, an influence on every move I made, what I ate and how I dressed, who I wanted to know, who I didn’t. In the late ’50s and early ’60s, teenage rebellion was beginning to make noise, but that scene hadn’t appealed to me, not in a wholehearted way. It had no organized shape. The rebel-without-a-cause thing wasn’t hands-on enough. Even a lost cause, I thought, would be better than no cause at all. To the Beats, the devil was bourgeois conventionality, social artificiality and the man in the gray flannel suit. Folk songs automatically went up against the grain of all these things, and Woody’s songs even went up against that.”