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.
The 2015 festival represents the fiftieth anniversary of Dylan "going electric", and the organisers will mark the event with some special performances.
It was a three song set that helped the change the course of pop music history: Bob Dylan ‘going electric’ at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Exactly fifty years after the event, the festival’s organisers are to mark the event at the 2015 edition with an event billed as ‘’65 Revisited’.
According to The Guardian, the festival’s producer Jay Sweet is to unveil an “all-star line up” of roughly a dozen contemporary artists who will come together to celebrate the infamous moment. However, he is adamant that the festival won’t try to re-create it in any way, like getting Dylan back to replicate the set.
Bob Dylan's iconic 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance will be marked this year
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Well, it does exactly what it says on the box. The 57 tracks on this 'Magic Bus' compilation run from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, but, with remarkable perspicacity, the compiler has mixed them up very cleverly.
The CDs are called 'Turn On', 'Tune In' and 'Drop Out' and the songs on each one reflect, more or less, their monikers. Thus, on CD1 Scott McKenzie rubs shoulders with Barry McGuire, CD2 is full of singer-songwriters; Dylan, Cat Stevens and the like; whilst CD3 rocks it up with STEPPENWOLF and Cream.
What this collection is selling is nostalgia and it does it very, very well. Anyone who grew up through the years in question will remember every one of these songs and probably sing along with them too. It has to be said that there are two major omissions though, there is nothing by either The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Down to licensing presumably. That said, this is an absolutely classic collection that has been selected with extreme care and, dare it be said, love.
David Letterman is gearing up for his final ‘Late Show’ episode on May 21st.
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.
Letterman’s final ‘Late Show’ episode takes place on May 21st.
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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Shadows in the Night is number one in the UK chart for a reason
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.
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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Despite not winning any Grammys at the weekend, 1989's sales figures still increased and held off challenges by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
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.
Taylor Swift scored an 11th non-consecutive week at Number 1
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The 73-year-old musician gave a long and heartfelt acceptance speech about his life, career and his inspirations.
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.
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.
The iconic star would have chosen a career in education rather than music if he "had to do it all over again."
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."
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.
Dylan claims that it's the responsibility of society's wealthy, not the government, to provide jobs and opportunity for people.
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.”
Bob Dylan, pictured here at London's Royal Albert Hall, releases a new album next month
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The iconic musician's upcoming album doesn't simply feature covers, the ten-track list consists of his own renditions of Sinatra classics.
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.'
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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The legendary rock/folk musician's 36th studio album will reportedly consist entirely of cover versions.
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.
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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