Bob Dylan Brought Hurricane Carter’s Story to Light, and Then Left It

When you think of Bob Dylan, chances are you think of protest songs. Well, if any of the subjects of his protest songs deserve a day in the sun, it’s Rubin Carter. For those who don’t know, the song Hurricane tells the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. You see, while he was contending for the middleweight boxing championship, Carter was arrested, charged with, and convicted of three murders. In fact, the boxer was even convicted twice for those murders.


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Dylan released the song in 1975 on his Desire album. The song contains more than 800 lyrics and tells the tale of the incident that led to Carter’s arrest. But since the song is so long, Dylan also had the time to go through the alleged errors and missteps that resulted in his trial and false conviction.