Song of the Day: Bob Dylan, “Hurricane”

Today is the birthday of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a middleweight boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder, who spent 22 years in prison before the case against him was dropped. Bob Dylan read Carter’s 1975 autobiography, which inspired him to write the song "Hurricane." The song was included on Dylan’s 1976 album Desire.

9 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Bob Dylan, “Hurricane”

  1. I know this song and I love the film with Denzel Washington that got so much flack. I truly believe the States denigrated this great movie because the Canadians were the ones who got him free. The Hurricane ended up leaving the States and moved to Toronto to live.


  2. This is maybe the 5th time I’ve heard this song. It’s kind of catchy, but not my favorite Dylan song. What caught my attention when I first heard it was the violin part, but it wasn’t enough to make me want to buy the album. The song might be on a Dylan boxed CD set that I bought several years ago, but I don’t really recall–and I probably haven’t listened to that album set more than maybe 4 times.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  3. Hi John – what an interesting real life story resulting in Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’ … I always enjoy Dylan’s works … all the best – Hilary


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