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Duluth, Minnesota, United States (1959 – present)

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States) is an American musician, 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 and 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 scene and a move towards 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.

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  • ralfsu

    Listening to those stripped down versions of Oh Mercy songs on the Mercy on Us bootleg, I can't help but wonder if the album would be greater had another producer worked on it. Something tells me Lanois really didn't do it any favors so to speak.

    30 Sep 8:16pm Reply
  • stellarmonument

    <3

    30 Sep 11:30am Reply
  • nouefa

    We love Bob

    26 Sep 8:19pm Reply
  • suntzutang

    "Bob 'the don' Dylan drops some serious cynical wit on another electric blues masterpiece. Greenwich sweater-folk need not apply." -found inside sleeve to 'Blonde on Blonde' vinyl

    26 Sep 6:05pm Reply
  • HollandVampire

    This generation needs someone like Bob Dylan.

    18 Sep 11:54pm Reply
  • ovuervoqavtalmo

    I am Brazilian and i accept any friend request. I'm open to new artists and of various rhythms from all corners of the world. I always want to know more. Anyone with information is only pass that I accept and hear, and if you want, I also have a lot of good Brazilian music to display. Let's listen to music!

    17 Sep 5:10pm Reply
  • mpedrohenrique

    I'll be your baby tonight <3

    14 Sep 2:23pm Reply
  • 29700761

    NO DIRECTION HOME September 3, 2014 "I have no hope for the future and just hope to have enough boots to change." (Bob Dylan and the man of constant sorrow). With the clear understanding that we are not going anywhere and that the only really important thing is just to go. Spotify list at: http://playlistspotify.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/no-direction-home/

    14 Sep 10:01am Reply
  • annabeatle

    Bobby♥

    13 Sep 8:53pm Reply
  • CursedEvil

    This girl just asked me who Bob Dylan was....

    10 Sep 1:58am Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    Bootleg 11 is near! Gonna be a good November [2]

    9 Sep 1:18am Reply
  • Thelemonish

    I agree that his Guns 'n' Roses cover is fine, though the original remains the better version.

    6 Sep 8:47pm Reply
  • SteveonLI

    hey pls check out my keyboard version of 'as i went out one morning' from 'john wesley harding' (1967) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZBYEEgnnMY

    2 Sep 10:30pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Gonna be a good November - really looking forward to both the remastered & complete Basement Tapes and Burnett's New Basement Tapes release. Nothing to It is wonderful!

    31 Aug 12:45pm Reply
  • vambad11

    Best artist of XX century. Sorry, The Beatles

    29 Aug 6:33pm Reply
  • Chipokmon

    His cover of knocking on heavens door from G&R is alright, should checkout his others songs soon. cheers.

    27 Aug 11:35pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Bobby

    27 Aug 5:56pm Reply
  • joshblalock

    Jim James From My Morning Jacket Sings Unearthed Bob Dylan Song Titled "Nothing to It"

    21 Aug 3:55pm Reply
  • corruptedboy

    king

    19 Aug 6:09pm Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    I like that he never had to trash talk religion, sell sex or appeal to any of these other stupid popularity gimmicks. His stuff was political up to a point, in a sense, but he was conscious enough not to be fooled by propaganda. His stuff has both features, traditional and literary, so in many ways I think he trascends many barriers. It's a pity it took me so long to realize it.

    17 Aug 8:45pm Reply
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