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Bob Dylan
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  • Artist: Bob Dylan
  • Genre: Rock
  • Total Album: 50
  • Total Songs: 50+

Bob Dylan biography

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States) is an American musician, poet and artist whose position in popular culture is unique.

Dylan started his musical odyssey in 1959 when he began playing in Dinkytown, Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. Shortly after starting to play he changed his stage name to Bob Dylan, after being influenced by the poetry of Dylan Thomas before legally changing his name in 1962.

Much of his best known work is from the 1960s, when he became an informal documentarian and reluctant figurehead of American unrest, promoted by Joan Baez. Some of his songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'", became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements, with Joan Baez and Dylan singing together at the March on Washington in 1963. However he later became disenchanted with the civil liberty protest scene, feeling that he had been used by them.

His album Bringing It All Back Home marked a move away from the folk scene and a move towards rock and roll and Dylan began to consciously distance himself from his early association with civil rights. He also started to become irritated when being interviewed, often given facetious or irreverent answers to questions. Bringing It All Back Home was a controversial album as it the first on which he played electric guitar. This was seen by some of his fans as a betrayal of this folk roots, with some saying that it obscured his meaningful and poetic lyrics.

The second half of the 1960s was marked by a string of well received releases, with his song "Like a Rolling Stone", released in July of 1965, later being named "The Greatest Song of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, placing #1 in a list of 500 titles. It also marked the formation of Dylan's backing band The Hawks (who would later call themselves simply The Band). Dylan embarked on a world tour of Australia and Europe in 1966, during which he seemed to be under a lot of strain and pressure by both his fans, the music press and his own promoters. Dylan himself admitted that he began taking drugs seriously whilst on this tour, and found it immensely hard work. On returning to New York he crashed his motorbike, sustaining serious injuries in the process, and went into a period of withdrawal while he recuperated. During the late 1960s, Dylan again changed stylistic tradition, moving away from the psychedelic culture of the time. It was then that he recorded All Along the Watchtower, perhaps more famously recorded by Jimi Hendrix.

The 1970s were a period during which Dylan was more sporadic in his output, releasing some poorly received LPs. He rarely appeared in person until 1973, when he began touring again with his backing band The Band. He also wrote one of his most extensively covered songs, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, as well as what is now recognised as one of his best albums Blood On The Tracks. Towards the end of the 1970s, Dylan discovered God, and released some albums of gospel music. He started to talk to the crowd about his faith during his performances, and wouldn't play any of his early work, which alienated some of his previous fans.

Dylan today still remains an influential and popular artist; despite a period of little note between 1970-2000, his 2006 album Modern Times reached the US chart at #1, as did his 2009 album Together Through Life, in the US, Britain, France and several other countries. His 2012 album Tempest was also critically acclaimed. Since 1988, Dylan has been on the so-called Never Ending Tour, during which his performances have provoked controversy, with some critics claiming that his lyrics have become incomprehensible, an experience which is not helped by his tendency to change his set-list and vocals almost every performance.

Bob Dylan's strong influence over the past few years is becoming even more prominent amongst a growing group of younger emerging artists such as George Ellias and Devendra Banhart. Dylan's early lyrics incorporated politics, social commentary, philosophy and literary influences, defying existing pop music conventions and appealing widely to the counterculture of the time. While expanding and personalizing musical styles, Dylan has shown steadfast devotion to traditions of American song, from folk and country/blues to rock and roll and rockabilly, to Gaelic balladry, even jazz, swing and Broadway.

Dylan performs with the guitar, keyboard and harmonica. Backed by a changing lineup of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s. He has also recently performed alongside other iconic artists, such as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty and Eric Clapton. Although his contributions as a performer and recording artist have been central to his career, his songwriting is generally held as his highest accomplishment.

Nobel Prize for Literature (2016) - On October 13, 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The prestigious award has been given annually since 1901 and previous Nobel Laureates for Literature include Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett. Here is the speech written by Dylan, although unable to attend:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/10/arts/bob-dylan-nobel-prize-acceptance-speech.html?_r=0

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  • Travelin Thru 1967 1969 The Bootleg Series Vol 15
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The Bootleg Series Vol 15 Travelin Thru 1967 1969 Sampler
  • The Bootleg Series Vol 15 Travelin Thru 1967 1969 Sampler
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The Rolling Thunder Revue The 1975 Live Recordings Sampler
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  • The Rolling Thunder Revue The 1975 Live Recordings
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Masters of War SherGun Remix Single
  • Masters of War SherGun Remix Single
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The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe Edition Remastered
  • The Traveling Wilburys Collection Deluxe Edition Remastered
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The Traveling Wilburys Vol 3 Remastered
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The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 Remastered
  • The Traveling Wilburys Vol 1 Remastered
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The Bootleg Series Vol 14 More Blood More Tracks Sampler
  • The Bootleg Series Vol 14 More Blood More Tracks Sampler
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More Blood More Tracks The Bootleg Series Vol 14 Deluxe Edition
  • More Blood More Tracks The Bootleg Series Vol 14 Deluxe Edition
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More Blood More Tracks The Bootleg Series Vol 14
  • More Blood More Tracks The Bootleg Series Vol 14
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Live 1962 1966 Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections
  • Live 1962 1966 Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections
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Masters of War The Avener Rework Single
  • Masters of War The Avener Rework Single
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Trouble No More The Bootleg Series Vol 13 1979 1981 Deluxe Edition
  • Trouble No More The Bootleg Series Vol 13 1979 1981 Deluxe Edition
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The Bootleg Series Vol 13 Trouble No More 1979 1981 Live
  • The Bootleg Series Vol 13 Trouble No More 1979 1981 Live
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Things We Said Today Single
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All the Way Single
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  • The Bootleg Series Vol 12 The Cutting Edge 1965 1966 Deluxe Edition
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The Bootleg Series Vol 12 The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965 1966
  • The Bootleg Series Vol 12 The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965 1966
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  • The Bootleg Series Vol 11 The Basement Tapes Complete
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  • The Bootleg Series Vol 11 The Basement Tapes Raw
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The Essential Bob Dylan Revised Edition
  • The Essential Bob Dylan Revised Edition
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Motherless Children Live at The Gaslight Café NYC 1962 Single
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  • The Complete Album Collection The 80 s
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  • Down In the Groove Remastered
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