Bob Dylan – Hurricane

 

 

 

Rubin ” Hurricane” Carter was a professional middleweight boxer from 1961 to  1966.Along with John Artis were charged with a triple murder. The incident took  place at the Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey in 1966. They were found guilty  and both were sentenced to four consecutive life sentences.However, the  convictions were overturned on appeal in 1985. Carter’s imprisonment was  accompanied with a huge amount of  racism.

 

 

Carter’s story was an inspiration for Bob Dylan to write a song about him.

And so at the album Desire released in 1976 the song Hurricane is included. He wrote it after meeting Carter in prison and it is one of the most important protest songs ever.

 

 

 

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