Bob Dylan, also known as Robert Allen Zimmerman, the singer-songwriter legend, turns 76 this year.
Dylan, born in Duluth, Minnesota, is known for his legendary lyrics that speak about social, political, and philosophical issues. His lyrics carried souls through times such as the Civil Rights movements, as well as anti-war movements. Some of his most famous songs when it came to movements like this include, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’”.
Other than his song lyrics, Dylan is also known for his folk, bluesy, rock and roll sound. His talents not only span the field of lyrics, but vocals, guitar playing, and harmonica skills as well.
Some of Dylan’s albums include The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963), The Times They Are a-Changin’ (1964), Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Blonde on Blonde (1966), Nashville Skyline (1969), Self Portrait (1970), and more. Dylan, in his over 50 year career, has released over 30 records.
Dylan has received a wide array of awards confirming his status as a legend in not just rock ‘n’ roll but in music. These awards include 11 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe. Bob Dylan has also been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. On top of these numerous awards, Dylan also was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented by President Barack Obama), and most recently, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016. Bob Dylan was the first musician to ever be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan was also named and included in the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.
Numerous other musicians have listed Dylan as being an inspiration. Some of these artists include John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Syd Barrett, Johnny Cash, and more.
A feature about Dylan that has been commented on numerous times is his voice. David Bowie even wrote a song entitled, “Song for Bob Dylan”, describing it. It’s received both praise and criticism.
Along with his musical and lyrical ability, Dylan also dabbled in visual art. The cover of his album, Self Portrait is actually a painting done by Dylan himself. He also has a painting on the cover of Planet Waves. On top of it all, Dylan has had a book published of his works, as well as public exhibitions. Some of these have been entitled, The Beaten Path, The Asia Series, The Drawn Blank Series, New Orleans Series, Face Value, and even more. His works have been viewed all over the world.
All in all, the legacy that Bob Dylan left on music is one that will truly never be lost. Music is one of the most special ways to express thoughts, and that is exactly what Dylan did. He continues to inspire artists and musicians to this day throughout his music, his message, his paintings and artworks, and as a whole, his overall art, because simply, that is what he has created.
We love ya, Bob. Thank you for the continuous inspiration. Happy Birthday.
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