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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Kylie Minogue Will Be Singing The Theme Tune For 'Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie'!


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The upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie has just got a lot more fabulous, as Kylie Minogue has revealed she’ll be singing the film’s theme tune. Kylie will cover Bob Dylan’s 'This Wheel’s On Fire' for the film’s soundtrack, which will be released on July 1st.

Absolutely FabulousThe Ab Fab movie hits cinemas on July 1st.

But for eager fans Kylie’s cover is already available to pre-order on download. ‘This Wheel's On Fire’ has always been the show’s theme and was covered by Julie Driscoll and Adrian Edmondson for the sitcom.

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Album Of The Day: 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'


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Musical genius Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (May 24th 2016) just days after he released his 37th studio album 'Fallen Angels'. And while he's not quite as popular as he was in the 60s and 70s, his early masterpieces will never be forgotten.

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The artist... This Minnesota born songwriter is probably most famous for his songs 'Blowin' In The Wind' and 'The Times They Are a-Changin''. He re-defined what it means to be a folk musician, and injects real world issues into his lyrics. He's also an accomplished artist, having had various drawings and paintings displayed in art galleries.

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'Secret' Bob Dylan Archive Containing Thousands Of Items To Be Housed In Tulsa


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A previously undiscovered treasure trove of private diaries, documents and recordings belonging to Bob Dylan, arguably the most iconic and influential songwriter in pop history, has been obtained by a consortium and will be housed in Tulsa as the Bob Dylan Archive.

According to the New York Times, an archive constituting more than 6,000 items, including notebooks, photographs, poems, art, unseen film footage and unheard demo recordings, was acquired by the George Kaiser Foundation and the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma for between $15 million and $20 million.

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Has Simon Cowell Chosen A Bob Dylan Song For This Year's 'X-Factor' Winner?


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Simon Cowell has reportedly decided on the song which will be covered by the winner of this year’s ‘X-Factor’. The music mogul is said to have picked Bob Dylan’s 1974 classic ‘Forever Young’ for the 2015 winner to re-work, a choice that’s sure to anger many music fans.

Simon CowellSimon Cowell is said to have chosen a Bob Dylan song as the ‘X-Factor’ winner's single.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon is aware that the song choice will split opinion. Some will argue he is introducing Bob and the song itself to a new, younger audience. But arguably the majority will feel the opposite.”

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Newport Folk Festival To Mark 50 Years Since Bob Dylan "Went Electric"


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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.

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Various Artists - Magic Bus: 3CDs Of Huge Hits From The Hippie Trail Album Review


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. 

Magic Bus: 3CDs Of Huge Hits From The Hippie Trail Album Review

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.  

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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.

David LettermanLetterman’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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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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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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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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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 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 - 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 - Bob Dylan performing at The Royal Albert Hall, the first time he has played at the venue in 46 years - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 27th November 2013

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Bob Dylan Sunday 1st July 2012 performing live at the Hop Farm Music Festival 2012 - Day 3

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Bob Dylan

Date of birth

24th May, 1941

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.71






Bob Dylan Movies

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival Movie Review

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival Movie Review

Lerner, utilizing footage shot for his folk festival documentaries, presents Dylan in context with full...

Masked & Anonymous Movie Review

Masked & Anonymous Movie Review

Masked & Anonymous, as a title, comes across as a vague, artsy moniker as inaccessible...

The Last Waltz Movie Review

The Last Waltz Movie Review

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