Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1968: In the midst of psychedelia, glitz and color, Bob Dylan starts a 10-week run at #1 on U.K. album charts with John Wesley Harding, his subdued and agrarian eighth studio album. It peaks at #2 in the U.S. In the season of Sgt. Pepper and Their Satanic Majesties Request, Dylan is the only artist who could swim with such enduring strength against the tide. Dylan wants the LP released with no publicity and no hype. “This was the season of hype,” he says. John Wesley Harding includes All Along the Watchtower, The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest, the title track and the haunting and beautiful As I Went Out One Morning.