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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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  • TheUselessGolem

    Nice review of the New Basement Tapes project: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/the_new_basement_tapes_lost_on_the_river

    26 Dec 6:10am Reply
  • ralfsu

    Time Out of Mind has been sounding good lately, even warming up to Highlands at last, which I'd always considered self-indulgent and overlong, I still wish it'd been Red River Shore there though (which is still better than anything on TOOM).

    23 Dec 9:55am Reply
  • Keolia

    oh me oh my love that country pie

    22 Dec 12:27pm Reply
  • slumkillage

    hurricane <3

    15 Dec 10:20am Reply
  • ralfsu

    Gotta love those greedy Sony people for putting out those 50th Anniversary Collections, MP3-s of those are much simpler to get than digging around for unofficial bootlegs. :] 9-disc volume for 1964 is out now.

    15 Dec 6:42am Reply
  • ladidavid

    I aint gonna work for maggie's brother no more.

    14 Dec 8:39pm Reply
  • Chumsicles

    Must Be Santa is going down in history as a Yuletide classic

    12 Dec 12:37am Reply
  • innercities

    Wow, Bob has recorded "Where are you" for the Sinatra album

    11 Dec 12:20am Reply
  • Kdo_Kenoute

    Is it rolling, Bob?

    10 Dec 10:15pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Wild Wolf is awesome. Bob can truly be a master of atmosphere when the spheres align. He and The Band cook up one hell of a storm, a languid storm - the snow feels feet thick. In its emotional thrust it reminds me a lot of that later powerhouse Seven Days. Sad, but searching and defiant - genuinely dark-tinted as well, which Bob has so rarely succeeded in doing (Valley Below, I and I...).

    6 Dec 4:46am Reply
  • ralfsu

    New Morning ♥ ♥... ummm, had he perhaps used that slow early version of If Not for You, ditched a track or you (If Dogs Run Free) for something else... the album would be in my Dylan TOP 5 I do think. But even the way it is, it's so magnificently serene and calming. It kinda feels like he made that album for (his) kids, in a good way.

    2 Dec 11:50pm Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    I don't know about you guys but I've been loving the complete basement tapes it's all good shit, all of it

    22 Nov 11:39pm Reply
  • ralfsu

    Hard not to want to check it out after such praise, thank you for your insights ;)

    21 Nov 11:42pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    The point is, the songwriters heard what there was to hear. Perhaps more than even Bob realized was there at the time of writing. But that's how the best art often works..... I can hardly wait to hear everything else they came up with, different takes on the same lyrics, plus the seven unreleased songs besides... what a treasure trove!

    21 Nov 12:06pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Burnett's choice of songwriters is ingenious, too: all so different yet complementary indeed. The band is stunning (two drummers!) and all those voices, all the variety, collecting all that was best about Bob's sound in his best decade (the '70s, of course) and playing with it, clothing these gorgeous songs in warm, well-fitting attire... and it's obvious that the musicians involved were stunned by the chance to do something like this, because they make masterpiece upon masterpiece out of these very basic (yet ELEMENTAL) sets of lyrics. The melodies and arrangements are strong, creative, sympathetic, good to the ear both immediately and with repeated listens, the album flows flawlessly, sooooo smoothly, yet takes you on a ride along the way as well... and such heights and valleys... but, like his other '67 son batches,interspersed with lighter material to make it an even more delightful listening experience. Ahhh... they done good.

    21 Nov 12:04pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    That Burnett-backed album, Lost on the River, is maybe one of the best things I've ever heard. The lyrics are mostly nothing like either JWH or the Basement Tapes stuff that Bob was doing in 1967 (which are themselves both wild artistic accomplishments and totally different from each other). Instead, they're the most shockingly, tear-searingly heartfelt and personal Bob pretty much ever got, I think... the thing as a whole is as rich, deep and soulful as Saved and the best parts of Oh Mercy, and soulful Bob is my favorite Bob, so... I can't get enough. Fantastic that there's a Vol. 2 lurking around a corner somewhere ahead.

    21 Nov 11:57am Reply
  • SPaGetTea

    I have the best music library that you ever seen :3

    21 Nov 9:44am Reply
  • Keolia

    listening to bob in mono is soo much better [2]

    20 Nov 11:59am Reply
  • ralfsu

    It doesn't really even bring me down anymore, I just adore it.

    20 Nov 3:57am Reply
  • ralfsu

    Blood on the Tracks has a lot of those brief moments where everything just gets overbearingly quiet and those moments are pregnant with pain, highlighting the misery, you know what I mean? It's such a well produced album, which is something that doesn't get brought up often.

    20 Nov 3:53am Reply
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