Bob Dylan

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

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

Bob Dylan: 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.

Bob Dylan: 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.

Bob Dylan: 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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26th March 2014 -

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Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford have signed up to help music producer T Bone Burnett turn lost Bob Dylan lyrics into songs for a new tribute album.My Morning Jacket star Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens...

Charlie Daniels Paying Tribute To Bob Dylan With Covers Album

7th February 2014 -

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Country rocker Charlie Daniels is releasing an album of Bob Dylan covers to pay tribute to the folk icon.The veteran singer reveals he has always looked up to the Blowin' in the Wind hitmaker and...

Music Legend Bob Dylan Will Feature In Chrysler Super Bowl Commercial

30th January 2014 -

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Bob Dylan, a music pioneer since the 1960s, will be the latest high-profile personality to star in a Super Bowl ad for the upcoming sporting event.The 74 year-old singer/songwriter will appear in a new commercial...

Bob Dylan's Newport Festival Guitar Sets Auction Record As It Sells For Almost $1 Million

7th December 2013 -

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Bob Dylan, without knowing it, made history on Friday, 6 December, when the sunburst Fender Stratocaster he played during the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 was sold at auction for just short of $1 million....

Bob Dylan in Hot Water Over Croat-Serbs, Nazi-Jews Comparisons

3rd December 2013 -

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Bob Dylan is allegedly facing legal action over comments he made regarding Croatians and Serbians in an interview with Rolling Stone. The CRICCF - a Croatian community organisation based in France – suggested the comments...

Bob Dylan Under Investigation In France For 'Racist' Remarks

3rd December 2013 -

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Iconic American singer/musician Bob Dylan has landed in hot water with the French authorities.The 72 year-old has been placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly making racist remarks towards Croatians.The comments stem from an...

3 Very Cool Pictures of Bob Dylan at the Royal Albert Hall [Pictures]

28th November 2013 -

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It's been 46 years since Bob Dylan has played London's Royal Albert Hall and the legendary singer-songwriter set about making up for lost time during his show on Tuesday evening (November 26, 2013).Bob Dylan Performing...

Harry Dean Stanton Recorded Song With Bob Dylan

26th November 2013 -

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton once recorded a track with Bob Dylan, but the song was never released.The Alien star became friends with the music legend while they were both working on 1973 movie Pat Garrett...

Bob Dylan Gets Interactive With 'Like A Rolling Stone' Video

20th November 2013 -

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Imagine if you turned on your TV one day and found that, not only was Bob Dylan's timeless 'Like A Rolling Stone' the only thing that was coming out of the speakers, but everyone who...

Folk Metal: Bob Dylan's 'Mood Swings' Exhibition Opens In London

15th November 2013 -

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Bob Dylan's new sculpture exhibition, Mood Swings, has opened in Central London's Halcyon Gallery and will offer visitors a chance to experience the singer's lesser-known skill for metalwork. The exhibition features his distinctive and ornate...

Bob Dylan expected to miss daughter's wedding

30th September 2013 -

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Bob Dylan is expected to snub his daughter's wedding, despite being invited to the nuptials.The 72-year-old musician's 27-year-old daughter Desiree Dennis-Dylan - his sixth child, and only offspring with second wife Carolyn Dennis, his long-time...

Muscle Shoals? You Know, Home of the World's Greatest Songs [Trailer + Pictures]

27th September 2013 -

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Located along the Tennessee River is Muscle Shoals - a small town in Alabama and an unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and interesting music. Under the influence of "the singing river"...

Bob Dylan: Complete Album Collection Vol. One / The Very Best Of - Released 4th November 2013

25th September 2013 -

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Sony Music and Columbia Records are proud to announce the release of the 'Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One', a colossal box set encompassing the entire official discography of the American songwriter-performer who's revolutionized...

'Another Self Portrait' Is The Album Bob Dylan Fans Have Wanted To Hear For 43 Years

27th August 2013 -

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This Tuesday, August 27, sees the release of Bob Dylan’s sequel (or should that be a blooper reel) to his 1970 Self Portrait. The tracks on Another Self Portrait, however, are far from bloopers themselves....

Evocative 'Pretty Saro' Video Sets The Scene For Bob Dylan's New Compilation Of Vintage Tracks

8th August 2013 -

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After 43 years gathering dust, Bob Dylan’s Pretty Saro will finally see the light of day on his compilation Another Self Portrait, due August 27th. The collection will feature previously unheard recordings for Dylan’s 1970...

Bob Dylan - Pretty Saro

8th August 2013 -

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Folk legend Bob Dylan reminisces on a past love in the video for his song 'Pretty Saro'. It is set to feature on his new Bootleg album 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Another Self...

National Portrait Gallery A New Collection Of Works By Bob Dylan

6th August 2013 -

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A series of 12 pastel works by Bob Dylan will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London, starting later in August. The iconic musician has often explored the world of visual arts throughout...

Bob Dylan's Artwork To Go On Display At London's National Portrait Gallery

6th August 2013 -

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Bob Dylan is one of the greatest and most influential singers and songwriters of all time, but it may interest you to know that the 'Like A Rolling Stone' troubadour is also an accomplished painter...

Bob Dylan Artwork To Be Displayed At National Portrait Gallery, London

6th August 2013 -

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Artwork by American musician Bob Dylan will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London later this month.Bob Dylan performing at the 2012 Hop Farm Music Festival in Kent, UK.The exhibition entitled Bob Dylan:...

Bob Dylan's Artwork Coming to National Gallery: But Is It Any Good?

5th August 2013 -

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Bob Dylan's artwork will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London from September, according to the BBC.The legendary singer, 72, will exhibit 12 pastel works, a mixture of real and fictitious characters, in...

The Wire Named No. 1 TV Show Of All Time By Entertainment Weekly

30th June 2013 -

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The hit Baltimore-set crime series The Wire has been chosen by Entertainment Weekly as the greatest television show of all time in a recent poll compiled by the magazine. The HBO series, which ran for...

Bob Dylan Announces Several UK Tour Dates In November

14th June 2013 -

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Bob Dylan will be returning to the UK this autumn. The 'Like A Rolling Stone' rocker has announced nine tour dates across Britain, following his continental European tour.This is still part of Dylan’s 'Never Ending...

Bob Dylan To Be Awarded France's Highest Honour, The Legion d'Honneur

4th June 2013 -

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Bob Dylan looks set to be awarded the Legion d'Honneur, the highest award offered by the French people, with the singer officially added to the final list of nominees to be handed the award. The...

Bob Dylan Could Potentially Be Awarded France's Highest Honour; The Legion d'Honneur

3rd June 2013 -

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Legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan might have another award to put on the mantlepiece soon, as the counter-culture extraordinaire is said to be in contention to be awarded France's highest honour; the Legion d'Honneur. His decoration...

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22nd May 2013 -

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Darius Rucker's racist tweet, directed squarely at the singer-songwriter for making country music, was the talk of Twitter this week. A user named pqkullman - who has since deleted his account - tweeted to Rucker,...

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ritamay

After decades of believing my ideal man to be brown eyed and dark I just realised most of my exes possessed one or more Dylanesque feature. It wasn't deliberate but most had long, curly, light brown hair, and/or blue eyes - even the pout!!

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BOBBEE

I am at the worse possible place in my life. I watched the Martin Scorcese docu on Bob Dylan. I loved it! I bought my first CD and the Scorcese DVD. The late 60's 70's was my era BUT I was not there. So it has taken 40 or 50 years for me to find Bob Dylan and there is just something about him, his words, his personality that I felt about him as a young man. He made me laugh (in a good way.) This has become a good thing for me at this time. I want to see him but the baseball fields are too far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope he comes to Jersey soon. His music, his words are wonderful one can't help but smile!thanxmarymiraglia2003@yahoo.com

8 years 1 week ago
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im a 14 year old egyptian gurl who unfourtantly never went to a dylan concert cause he doesnt do any in middleeast anywayz after listining to only few song i know he is one of the greatest most intellctual artistic minds america has seen if i ever go 2 america i wouldlove to know alot more about this very smart person he even erased my anti-semtism if thats how you spell it

7 years 4 months ago
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Rrivkah18

I don't want to say anything bad here, but SUZE ROTOLO's Memoirs are out of place at this time in her life. This was a pure money making scheme.

6 years 3 months ago
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what about Time Out of Mind? I grew up with Bob Dylan's music, and I've been a fan since day one. Bob was born in '41 and I was born in '42 so I related to his music immediately. I'm a collector,(small time) mostly all cd's and some great posters. I have all 8 of the bootleg series and also the beautiful, beautiful set of The Traveling Wilburys and I'm current on everything he's recorded in the past, oh, I don't know, 20 years? maybe. So I'm thrilled that he's had this success late in life, and I say rock on little darlin' I'm hoping to get every single cd case and make a piece of art from them. Oh did you mention MTV Unplugged? The DVD from that gig is priceless. Oh did you mention The Kennedy Center honor? Or that he sang "The Chimes of Freedom" at Clinton's inauration, his appearance at Martin Luther King's march on Washington, and the I have a dream speech, August '63. The list is long my friends.

5 years 2 months ago
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voegelin

interesting mix of comments - straight out of a dylan song - a lost person who is found again, an islander and a trickster - Jokerman, Carribean Wind, Mozambiqueand Desoaltion Row all rolled into one and - o yeah - add one more freaky character (no offense to all the above because in dylan land to be freaky is to be cool) me - a guy from Australia with a dylan fixation for 30 years who just doesnt care about any bad press dylan gets - the man is simply beyond all that stuff - and likeus writing in this obscure column - ok about our own weirdness. congrats you guys and see you in the man's next great song

7 years 8 months ago
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Rrivkah18

I would say that Bob Dylan spent $200,000.00 on his New Year's Eve Party. It is only a guess, but if he had alot of guests, I think that my guess is pretty much accurate.

6 years 7 months ago
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islander

the man is a living legend...he is awesome. I once was in one of his concert in Sydney, Australia..i'd say it's a lifetime experience. Though i'm from a small island in the middle of nowhere, his influence here musically and lyrically cannot be compared!!

7 years 10 months ago
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I would like to help in rennovating the london lovenest, or what have you? I would try to "M'kadosh" the flat. This of course, is a spritual term, but I think that is what the "flat" needs!Peace to everyone!Rivkah

8 years 5 months ago
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