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Artist Biographies: The Bob Dylan Story


Bob Dylan was born as Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941. He is known as an iconic figure in the music industry. He is a songwriter as well as a musician and artist from America. His career lasted more than five decades in which time he was influential in many different genres. His roots came from the 1960s in which Bob Dylan was known as an informal chronicler. Bob Dylan was also a figurehead for the social unrest, which was characteristic of the time in the United States. Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" were featured as anthems in the anti-war and US civil rights movements. In 1965, Bob Dylan recorded the hit “Like a Rolling Stone”. The six minute song has been described as challenging the norms of the popular music from the time. As a folk artist, there was a lot of animosity from the folk music community because of his use of electric instruments. The lyrics written by Bob Dylan included all of the influences from literature, philosophy, society and politics. The counterculture flocked to Bob Dylan with his styling that defied all of the musical norms of the time. His influences included Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson and Woodie Guthrie. The exploration of the musical genres included rockabilly, rock and roll, gospel, blue and folk in America and other influences from Scotland, England, Ireland, jazz and swing. Over fifty years in his career, it seemed that Dylan tried it all to find his own style.

Bob Dylan was known to use keyboards, harmonica and guitar to create a unique sound. On tour, Dylan is backed by a line-up of musicians which constantly rotated. Dubbed as the Never Ending Tour, Bob Dylan has been touring since the 1980s while challenging musical norms while on the road. While he is best known as a songwriter, he is also known for his recordings which were recorded in the studio. Dylan has gone in a different direction since 1994. He has been shown in different art galleries as well as publishing three books including his drawings and artwork. There have been many awards bestowed upon Dylan including Academy Awards, Golden Globe, Grammy and has even been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan has also been inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He even won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." President Barack Obama even awarded Dylan the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May of 2012.

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