January 01, 2015

The Leading Edge

Laurie Ristino

Bringing It All Back Home


For Professor Cheryl Hanna, 1966–2014

Infamously, in 1965, a folk icon strapped on an electric guitar to the jeers of a once adoring audience. Why the outraged response? Fans felt their protest-song-writing hero had sold out. But, the fact is that Bob Dylan was never that musician—in true American icon-style he continues to defy categorization. This is the challenge for both individual and organization: to be true to who and what you are and resist the pull of expediency or the moment’s fashion. Easier said than done.


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