Bob Dylan

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 Announces 3-Night Residency In London This April


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As part of a series of intimate (quickly selling out) UK shows from Bob Dylan And His Band, three further dates have been announced which will see the Nobel Prize winning American songwriter embark on a three-night residency in London this coming April.

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In addition to his shows in Cardiff, Bournemouth, Nottingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and London's SSE Arena in May, Bob Dylan will be heading to the London Palladium on April 28th, 29th and 30th. Tickets are already sold out for the Cardiff, Bournemouth and Glasgow shows.

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Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert Album Review


After half a century Columbia is setting the record straight. Fans mistakenly circulated Bob Dylan's 1966 Manchester Free Trade Hall show for many years as the final date on his European tour from that year. Though the bootleggers may have been wrong and a subsequent official release of that show perpetuated the myth with a tongue-in-cheek title, it's never been disputed that these shows were a pivotal moment in Rock history. This release presents a true recording from the last venue Dylan performed at in the UK in 1966. For those looking for something revelatory, it's unlikely you'll find it here though.

Bob Dylan - The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert Album Review

That's not to say that this isn't an important historical document. It's also a great performance boasting excellent sound quality, but I can't pretend it's more incendiary than the Manchester show, which was previously presented as part of Dylan's official Bootleg series. This is the latest milestone in Columbia's copyright extension project, ensuring that all of their unreleased Dylan gems will continue to turn a profit now that they have finally seen the light of day. It's a cynical view, but is certainly a consideration when in tandem with this release you note the 36 CD box of every unreleased show from 1966 that's also emerged from the vaults. This standalone double disc set is a good summation of that mammoth set, but it also certainly has its problems.

The positives to be taken from this performance are mainly to do with the mood in the room. Yes, there's a smattering of heckling when Bob plugs in and The Hawks let rip, but Dylan sounds road-weary when he acknowledges his critics. There's also no fiery 'Judas' moment where Bob's frustration with the audience had previously over into a thundering electric performance. It's clear that by this point he'd recognised he was never going to win over the minority of Folkies that felt that he'd betrayed them. So while it's a real positive to listen to a 1966 show without the booing dominating proceedings, there's also a feeling that this is a little more perfunctory as a performance.

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Bob Dylan's Acceptance Speech Read At Nobel Prize Ceremony


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A speech written by Bob Dylan was read by the United States Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, at the Nobel Prize ceremony on Saturday night, after the singer was unable to attend.

Dylan, who was being honoured with the Nobel Prize for literature, missed the ceremony due to “pre-existing commitments”, but provided a lengthly speech where he said he never imagined he would one day receive the honour.

Bob DylanBob Dylan provided a speech for the Nobel Prize ceremony

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Bob Dylan Declines Nobel Gala, But Announces A UK Tour Instead


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Bob Dylan might not be showing his face for the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Sweden this weekend, but he is set to return to Europe in Spring 2017 with a newly announced UK tour with His Band. We are yet to confirm if his 'other commitments' are tour-related.

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The folk singer and Nobel Literature Prize laureate is giving the Nobel gala in Stockholm a miss tomorrow (December 10th 2016), citing 'other commitments' as the reason he won't be attending. He has other things on his mind after all, having just announced a six-day tour across the UK in May next year.

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Patti Smith To Honour Bob Dylan With Performance At Nobel Gala


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Patti Smith is set to honour Bob Dylan at the forthcoming Nobel Prize ceremony in Sweden by performing a cover of one of his famous songs. The folk artist isn't going to be attending the event himself, but Smith is determined to make it a super special occasion nonetheless.

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The punk rock icon will play Dylan's 1963 song 'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall', from his album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan', at the Stockholm event on Saturday. She was initially asked back in September to perform live at the gala and planned to do one of her own songs alongside an orchestra, but decided to change tack when it was announced that Dylan had won the Nobel Literature Prize.

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Bob Dylan Will Provide A Speech For Nobel Prize Ceremony


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Bob Dylan will not be putting an appearance at the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10, but he will be providing a speech.

The singer will supply a speech which ‘will be read’ at the event in Stockholm, where he is being honoured with the Nobel prize in literature.

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Bob Dylan Will Not Attend The Nobel Prize Ceremony


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Bob Dylan will not be attending the Nobel Prize ceremony, the Swedish Academy has confirmed.

The Academy received a personal letter from the singer, saying that due to pre-existing commitments, he is unable to make the trip to Stockholm in December to attend the ceremony.

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'I Appreciate The Honour': Bob Dylan Finally Opens Up About His Nobel Prize


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Finally! Bob Dylan has broken his silence on his Nobel Literature Prize win after precisely sixteen days after the announcement was made and, despite some speculation that he wouldn't, he has accepted the coveted honour. Though he's still vague on whether or not he will attend the ceremony in December.

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Just when the Nobel committee had given up trying to get hold of Bob Dylan, he has finally given them a call. Or at least they have given him another call and he's answered. Almost a week after one Nobel member branded him 'impolite and arrogant'.

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Nobel Member Brands Bob Dylan 'Impolite And Arrogant'


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A member of the academy that awards the Nobel prize for literature has branded Bob Dylan ‘impolite and arrogant’ for not yet acknowledging the award.

Dylan was announced as the recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in literature on October 13, but he is yet to make any public comment.

Bob DylanBob Dylan has been labeled ‘ impolite and arrogant’ for not acknowledging his Nobel Prize win

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Is Bob Dylan Trying To Reject His Nobel Prize?


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Apparently people have been making Bob Dylan feel so bad about winning the Nobel Literature Prize this month that he has felt the need to remove any mention of it from his website. No wonder he hasn't been in contact with the Nobel committee just yet.

Bob DylanBob Dylan removes Nobel Prize mention from his website

In a piece plugging his latest book of lyrics, 'The Lyrics: 1961-2012', the legendary songwriter was referred to as 'winner of the Nobel prize in literature'. Which he is. Unfortunately, it encouraged sceptics everywhere to continue their tirade against him and vociferate their opinions on why he's unworthy to be named a Nobel laureate.

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Bleona Qereti - MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Bob Dylan at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015

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Miyavi - MusiCares Person of the Year 2015 honoring Bob Dylan - Arrivals at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th February 2015

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Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan performing on his last night of his world tour at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 28th November 2013

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Bob Dylan Saturday 30th June 2012 Hop Farm Music Festival 2012 - Day 2

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Bob Dylan Friday 30th May 2008 at Sundance Film Festival Bob Dylan has produced a wine from Le Terrazze in a signed bottle and named after his 1974 album 'Planet Waves'

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Bob Dylan

Date of birth

24th May, 1941

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.71






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