Bob Dylan


Biography

Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman, 24.5.1941)
Bob Dylan is an American songwriter who rose to fame in the 1960s.

Net Worth: In 2013, Celebrity Net Worth claimed that Bob Dylan had a net worth of 180 million USD.

Childhood: Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota and was later raised near Lake Superior. He has a Jewish heritage. Bob Dylan's first band was the Shadow Blasters, followed by The Golden Chords, who played cover versions of popular songs. In 1959, he played with Bobby Vee, hand-clapping and playing piano. That same year, he moved to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Upon hearing Odetta, he traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic and his love of folk music, as opposed to rock 'n' roll, slowly grew. He began playing at coffee houses such as the 10 O'clock Scholar and became a part of the Dinkytown folk scene.

Career: In 1961, Bob Dylan moved to New York City, intending to visit his hero, Woody Guthrie, who was in hospital there. Eventually, his music was heard by John Hammond, who signed him to Columbia Records. Dylan's debut album was entitled Bob Dylan and was released in 1962. It featured folk and blues standard as well as two of his own songs. That year, he signed a management deal with Albert Grossman. The second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was an introduction to his protest songs, featuring one of his most notorious songs, 'Blowin' In The Wind'. He soon became a prominent figure in the Greenwich Village folk movement. Artists including the Hollies, Manfred Mann and Sonny and Cher had hits with Dylan's songs in the 1960s. Bob Dylan often performed with Joan Baez at protest rallies and the pair were figureheads of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Dylan's next albums were the Times They Are A-Changin', followed by Another Side of Bob Dylan. In 1965, Dylan released Bringing It All Back Home, featuring something of a style shift, with songs such as 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'. Appearing at that year's Newport Folk Festival, he played his electric guitar, apparently alienating a huge section of the audience. Released in 1965, the single 'Like A Rolling Stone' reached number two in the US and number 4 in the UK. Shortly after, came Dylan's Highway '61 Revisited. The next year, Dylan travelled to Nashville and recorded Blonde On Blonde. His 1966 world tour culminated in the notorious gig at Manchester's Free Trade Hall, which saw one angry fan shout "Judas!" when Dylan played his electric guitar. In 1967, after a break following a motorcycle accident, Dylan released the album John Wesley Harding, which included 'All Along The Watchtower', famously covered by Jimi Hendrix. Dylan's 1969 release, Nashville Skyline was a country record, featuring Johnny Cash and the hit single 'Lay Lady Lay'. Dylan's life as the critical darling ended abruptly in the early 1970s, when Greil Marcus famously asked "What is this shit?" in a Rolling Stone review of Self Portrait. In 1972, Bob Dylan provided the soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, including the song 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door', which has been covered by over 150 artists. The next year, he signed with Geffen and released Picture Waves with The Band. Following a marriage-break-up, Dylan released Blood On the Tracks in 1974, though it did not fare well with many critics, such as the NME's Nick Kent. In 1976, Dylan appeared at The Band's final performance, along with Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. The performance was released on the album the Last Waltz. In the late 1970's, Dylan became a born-again Christian and released two Christian gospel albums, Slow Train Coming and Saved. Though Dylan continued to release albums in the 1980s, much of it was overlooked, both commercially and critically. Of his more respected work of the era, 1983's Infidels stood out. In 1988, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, with a speech by Bruce Springsteen. His 1990 album Under the Red Sky was so poorly received that he did not make another album for seven years. It was not until 2001's Love and Theft that Dylan fell back into favour with his audience, with many applauding its wide range of styles, including jazz, swing and lounge ballads. In 2004, his autobiography Chronicles: Volume One reached number two on the New York Times bestseller list. In 2006, Bob Dylan's Modern Times album reached number one in the US charts. The same year, he began hosting a weekly radio show, entitled 'Theme Time Radio Hour'. The show was later broadcast by the BBC. In 2007, Todd Haynes wrote and directed the film I'm Not There, which was inspired by Dylan's life and music. A number of different actors played Dylan in the movie, most notably Cate Blanchett, but also Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Richard Gere. The same year, Dylan authorized the first ever official remix of one his songs. Mark Ronson had asked to remix 'Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine).' In July 2008, it was announced by CBS that they would release a long-awaited bootleg series, entitled Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006.

Personal Life: In 1965, Bob Dylan married Sara Lownds. They had four children together: Jesse Byron, Anna Lea, Samuel Isaac Abraham and Jakob Luke. Bob also adopted Sara's daughter Maria Lownds. Bob and Sara divorced in 1977. Bob Dylan then married his backing singer, Carolyn Dennis in 1986. They had one daughter, Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, in 1986. They divorced in 1992. This information was not revealed until the publication of his biography in 2001 by Howard Sounes. In 2009, Dylan moved to Malibu, California.



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Bob Dylan - Stars were photographed outside Ed Sullivan Theater ahead of the final 'Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 19th May 2015

David Letterman’s Final 'Late Show' Guest Will Be His First, Bill Murray


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David Letterman’s final ‘Late Late’ show guest has been revealed and it’s none other than Bill Murray, a man who's already notched up 43 appearances on the talk show host's famous sofa over the last 33 years.

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Murray was the first guest of NBC’s ‘The David Letterman Show’ back in 1982 and his appearance ended up going down in television history. During the interview Murray memorably told Letterman “You got out of Indianapolis and didn’t look back.”

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Bob Dylan's Latest Album Is A Pleasure On The Ears


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Bob Dylan is back and it seems like he’s back with bang. His new album, Shadows in the Night, has gone straight to number one in the UK album chart and is boasting top ten entries in 13 countries around the world.

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Bob Dylan's latest album has got rave reviews

The American singer-songwriter has been influencing music and culture for five decades and it doesn’t seem like he’s planning to stop with this his 36th studio album.

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Taylor Swift Sittin' Pretty At Number One For 11th Week


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It’s getting to be a bit like Groundhog Day… another Wednesday, another week at Number 1 for the musical machine that is Taylor Swift. 1989 has notched up an eleventh non-consecutive week at the top of the US Billboard 200, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.

It means that the album, released 15 weeks ago way back November, is now equal with Swift’s second record Fearless for her longest reign at the top. In all that time, it has been no lower than Number 2, interrupted by one week stints for One Direction, J.Cole, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy.

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Taylor Swift scored an 11th non-consecutive week at Number 1

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Bob Dylan Pays Tribute To Jimi Hendrix And Johnny Cash While Accepting MusiCares Person Of The Year Award


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On Saturday (Feb 7th), iconic musician Bob Dylan added another accolade to his long list of awards as he accepted the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award in Los Angeles' Convention Center in the West Hall.

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Dylan won the the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year award

While accepting the prize, the singer-songwriter delivered 40 minute-long speech about an array of topics including his life and career, his critics, and he also spoke very highly of several fellow illustrious musicians who have been inspirations to him.

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Bob Dylan Admits He Would Have Become A School Teacher "If I Had To Do It All Over Again"


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Although Bob Dylan has had a success career for many decades, has millions of fans around the globe and lived a life of fame and fortune, the iconic musician would chose to become a school teacher if he "had to do it all over again."

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Dylan would have been a school teacher if he wasn't a musician

Dylan made the surprising revelation in the cover story of AARP magazine's February/March issue while promoting his latest album, 'Shadows in the Night,' which will be released on February 3rd.

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Bob Dylan Says Billionaires Should Solve Unemployment


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Bob Dylan has put forward a solution for unemployment in America – let the billionaires sort it out. In an interview with AARP magazine, the discussion turned to the state of the nation’s job market and the prospects for the future.

“The government's not going to create jobs," he said. "It doesn't have to. People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it.” The current situation, in his view, is so bad in some inner city areas that there’s an inevitability of people “turning to alcohol and drugs.”

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Bob Dylan, pictured here at London's Royal Albert Hall, releases a new album next month

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Bob Dylan Reveals Details of Frank Sinatra Covers Album, 'Shadows In The Night'


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Bob Dylan recently announced that his recognizable croaking vocals will be taking on one of the most unblemished singers in music history as he is set to release an album that consists of only Frank Sinatra covers, titled 'Shadow In The Night.'

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Dylan will release 'Shadows In The Night' In February 2015

The forthcoming studio album will be released on February, 3. 2015, on Columbia Records, and will feature a ten-track list that includes his own versions of 'I'm A Fool To Want You,' 'Stay With me' and 'What'll I Do.'

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What Do Your Favourite Bands, Actors and Celebrities Say About You (According To YouGov)?


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If you need something to help waste away a few hours today, then look no further than YouGov’s new profiler app, which gives you an in-depth look at exactly what your particular tastes say about you. 

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All you have to do is type in the name of a celebrity, band, politician, tv series or even vegetable and you’ll get a tell all profile of their typical fan, which lets you in on everything from where these people are most likely live to what make of car they might drive.

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Bob Dylan - The Basement Tapes Complete Trailer


Bob Dylan and The Band released 'The Basement Tapes' on 26th June, 1975. The album is being rereleased now with thirty extra tracks as 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete'.

Bob Dylan To Release New Album In 2015


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Iconic musician Bob Dylan is set to release a new album in 2015, according to ‘official rumours’. Advance copies of Dylan’s latest box set The Basement Tapes Complete came with a flyer advertisement inserted into the artwork.

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Bob Dylan is reportedly releasing his 36th album Shadows In The Night early next year

The flyer stated in plain white text on a black background: ‘Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night – New Album Coming 2015’. Keeping it simple yet cryptic, as always. No other details of the forthcoming album have been confirmed, but Shadows In The Night is widely believed to be an album of cover versions.

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Five Swedish Scientists Have Been Hiding Bob Dylan Lyrics In Articles For 17 Years!


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Five Swedish scientists with a penchant for Bob Dylan, have been amusing themselves for 17 years by inserting the famous wordsmith's lyrics into their work, all in order to win a free lunch.

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The fun began in 1997 when Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg published a paper on flatulence (of all things) entitled ‘Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing In the Wind’. Several years later the duo then discovered that two of their colleagues, Jonas Frisén and Konstantinos Meletis, had also used a Dylan’s reference in the title of their 2003 paper about the ability of non-neural cells to generate neurons called, ‘Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate?’.

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Bob Dylan Named As The 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year


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Iconic musician Bob Dylan is set to add another accolade to his long list of awards as he has been named the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year, which he will be honoured with ahead of next year's annual Grammy Awards.

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Dylan has been named the 2015 MusicCares Person of the Year

The Recording Academy and MusiCares Foundation made the announcement on Tuesday (Sept 23rd), and also revealed he will receive the prestigious prize during MusiCares' 25th annual gala dinner held in Los Angeles on Feb. 6, two days before music's biggest award ceremony.

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