Bob Dylan Information
Bob Dylan is considered to be one of the most influential singer/songwriters of all time. With a career that has lasted more than five decades and still goes strong, Bob Dylan has brought to music today a grand lyrical depth to the rock and roll community. Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, but had his name legally changed his name to Bob Dylan in praise of one of his favorite writers, Dylan Thomas. Dylan learned to play the harmonica and the piano at the age of 10, and he is self taught on the guitar. His musical style is famous for being reminiscent of folk, country/blues, rockabilly, rock n' roll, swing and jazz incorporations. Dylan's lyrics have included politics, social commentary, philosophy, and literary influences.
Bob Dylan is best known for his work in the 1960's, specifically his most popular songs, "Blowin' in the Wind" and "Times They Are-A-Changin". These songs are notably anthems of the antiwar and civil rights movements. In 1963 Dylan was prominent in the civil rights movement, singing in rallies which included the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his, "I Have a Dream" speech. Songs like "Blowinâ€™ in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" marked an important new direction in modern songwriting, blending self consciousness with folk progressions. He began his career playing in the folk circuits of Denver, CO and Chicago, IL. He received a review from New York Times writer Robert Shelton.
Dylan has toured steadily since the 1980's, he's most recently played with Jack White of the White Stripes, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, and Tom Petty. Dylan has received a number of awards including, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Polar Music Prize, induction into both the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he's listed as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. Dylan's song, "Like a Rolling Stone" is #1 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Dylan released his 33rd studio album titled "Together Through Life" on April 28th, 2009. The album reached #1 on the American and UK charts. Don't miss your chance to see Bob Dylan perform live as he hits major city venues from October to January of next year. During his latest performances, he has seldom played the same set twice; this is also true of his 50+ year career.