W is for Woody Guthrie
In January 1961, Dylan moved to New York City with two aims - to perform and to visit his musical idol Woody Guthrie, who was seriously ill with Huntington's Disease in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital.
Guthrie’s work from folklore and historical archives had been a total revelation to Dylan and was perhaps the largest influence on his early performances in the folk genre. Later, Dylan described Guthrie’s songs as having ‘the infinite sweep of humanity in them’.
Not only did Dylan write songs, visit and befriend Guthrie and his family, he also dressed like him and changed the timbre of his voice to sound like him. Another reinvention.