Bob Dylan biography

Bob Dylan

Folk rock, Celebrity

1941 –


Who is Bob Dylan?

Bob Dylan is an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His recordings employing electric instruments attracted denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan's lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered his songwriting.

Famous Quotes:

  • How many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned?
  • How does it feel?
  • You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past -- whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
  • Maybe in the 90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the 80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that's going on right now in a big way.
  • People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
  • In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.
  • Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
  • Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools, I've got nothing, Ma, to live up to.
  • She opened up a book of poems and handed it to me written by an Italian poet from the 13th century and every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you.
  • People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around -- the music and the ideas.


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May 24, 1941
Also known as
  • Robert Allen Zimmerman
  • Blind Boy Grunt
  • Robert Zimmerman
  • Boy Dylan
  • Jack Frost
  • Bob Allen Zimmerman
  • Bobby Zimmerman
  • Sergei Petrov
  • Lucky Wilbury
  • The Voice of a Generation
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Ashkenazi Jews
  • United States of America
  • University of Minnesota
    (1959/09 - 1960/05)
  • Secondary education, Hibbing High School
    ( - 1959)
Lived in
  • Hibbing
  • Duluth
  • Minneapolis
  • New York City
  • Malibu

on July 23, 2013

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