I just got Dylan's autobiography Chronicles Volume One and started reading it this morning. Here's an interesting bit from Bob's book. A few years earlier Ronnie Gilbert, one of The Weavers, had introduced me at one of the Newport Folk Festivals saying "And here he is... take him, you know him, he's yours." I had failed to sense the ominous forebodings in the introduction. Elvis had never even been introduced like that. "Take him, he's yours!" What a crazy thing to say! Screw that. As far as I knew, I didn't belong to anybody then or now. I had a wife and children whom I loved more than anything else in the world. I was trying to provide for them, keep out of trouble, but the big bugs in the press kept promoting me as the mouthpiece, spokesman, or even conscience of a generation. That was funny. All I'd ever done was sing songs that were dead straight and expressed powerful new realities. I had very little in common with and knew even less about a generation that I was supposed to be the voice of. I'd left my hometown only ten years earlier, wasn't vociferating the opinions of anybody. My destiny lay down the road with whatever life invited, had nothing to do with representing any kind of civilization. Being true to yourself, that was the thing. I was more a cowpuncher than a Pied Piper." (P-115) As per the book and his interviews, Dylan got into Folk music because of the greater lyrical content (and the fact that every time he put a rock-n-roll band together back in Minnesota it got stolen out from under him by guys who had connections to better paying gigs). I still think Dylan got out because folk music became associated nationally with specific political views and causes and he didn't want the responsibility. One could argue that he was partially responsible for Folk music's popularity due to the success of his social commentary songs so maybe this was a bit hypocritical, I don't know. I do know that his songs in the early 60's caught a wave of social unrest and I think their success surprised even him.