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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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  • Lorelei_94

    21 Mar 8:10pm Reply
  • kardia2001

    beyond the horizon

    21 Mar 6:14pm Reply
  • squiggins

    I agree, the solo demo forever young is better than both album versions.

    20 Mar 5:44am Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    Vote for your fave debut albums here, join the community and vote! http://universalmusiclovers.proboards.com/thread/4/best-debut-albums-all-time

    16 Mar 12:42am Reply
  • thedeerlover

    Jesus "Blood on the Tracks" is mind blowing.

    14 Mar 11:11am Reply
  • pem0910

    "When I first heard Dylan I thought, you must admire the guy for having that much nerve to sing so out of key." Jimi Hendrix

    14 Mar 1:43am Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    I do love both - I used to think the slow one was boring too, until I listened in to the terrific understated performance from The Band - but prefer the faster. Yet I don't think either is as good as the solo acoustic demo on - Biograph? The Bootleg Series? Wonderfully warm, direct and heartfelt, that one.

    12 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • perezhivem

    Mama, You Been on My Mind

    7 Mar 10:55pm Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    I think the faster version of forever young is much better than the slow boring one

    7 Mar 1:22am Reply
  • matheussoares

    Now there's a wall between us Something there's been lost I took too much for granted Got my signals crossed Just to think that it all began On a non-eventfull morn "Come in", she said, "I'll give you Shelter from the storm" :(

    3 Mar 2:38am Reply
  • Keolia

    Why wait any longer for the one you love, when he's standing in front of you~

    2 Mar 8:58pm Reply
  • rjhall47

    Mama, You Been on My Mind

    2 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • ralfsu

    Great main photo!

    2 Mar 12:15am Reply
  • ralfsu

    I'd personally ditch the faster cut of Forever Young for Nobody 'Cept You, but either way - love the album and I'm glad it's enjoyed by pretty much all fans alike. :)

    22 Feb 9:48am Reply
  • sandrabjorg

    Big Fan Here

    20 Feb 1:02pm Reply
  • Kyonil

    Shit.

    20 Feb 6:11am Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Yes, right on! Planet Waves is a gorgeous and insanely well-performed record that has only grown and grown and grown for me with repeated listens, the passing of time and the accumulation of emotion and experience. Aside from the recently-unearthed Lost on the River material I think it's Bob's most direct and personal album, which does cast an interesting contrasting light on the more self-mythologized and crafted Blood on the Tracks. I love its warmth, its easy sleight of hand (two versions of Forever Young!) and its mix of moods (dark and light) and modes (full-on rocking full band versus quieter or altogether acoustic songs). Agreed that Nobody 'cept You would've been one of its best tracks if included - I think it was set to be the closer, but then Bob wrote Wedding Song and it got the edge.

    20 Feb 12:53am Reply
  • HighDescendant

    I laid my hand on Planet Waves for the first time and I enjoy it a lot. "On a Night Like This" has a Nashville Skyline touch to it and "Tough Mama" is a gem that I did not expect to find. It seems to me that it could have appeared on almost every album since JWH. Though I would have loved to hear "Nobody ´Cept You" and the Biograph version of "Forever Young" , it is great to know that Bob is always there to suprise you. I don´t know where the thought comes from, but Planet Waves makes me appreciate Blood on the Tracks even more. Since i haven´t got the time yet to listen closely to it, i´d like to hear some of your thoughts.

    17 Feb 1:53pm Reply
  • zennom

    Dylan ♥

    16 Feb 12:26pm Reply
  • leneheart

    15 Feb 12:30pm Reply
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