No artist has had a career like Bob Dylan’s. It spans more than 50 years and includes more classic albums than almost any other artist. It also includes its fair share of duds, but who else has released a classic LP like ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ way back in 1963 and is still making modern-day masterpieces like ‘Modern Times’ 43 years later? From his acoustic singer-songwriter beginnings to his plugged-in revolutionary records of the mid ‘60s to the country music that followed to the late-career rebirth on pre- and post-new-millennium albums like ‘Time Out of Mind’ and ‘Love and Theft,’ Dylan has crafted a body of songs that is as timeless as it is contemporary. He’s made one of rock’s best double albums (‘Blonde on Blonde’), breakup records (‘Blood on the Tracks’) and all-time greats (‘Highway 61 Revisited’). Nobody else has that kind of track record.
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Selected Discography: ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ (1965), ‘Blonde on Blonde’ (1966), ‘Blood on the Tracks’ (1975)
The guitar that Bob Dylan played at the infamous Newport Folk Festival in 1965 just sold for close to $1 million at auction. The sale of the guitar made news earlier this year, when it was revealed to be in the possession of a New Jersey family.
Given that songs like 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'Only a Pawn in Their Game' and 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' perfectly captured the mood of the Civil Rights Movement, you'd think Bob Dylan would be one of the last people to be accused of racism. But the legendary songwriter has officially been accused by French authorities of "public insult and inciting hate."
Race, politics and religion are subjects probably better left out of conversation in mixed company, even if you happen to be conversing with one of rock's greatest living poets. Just ask Bob Dylan, who's accused of making racist comments in a lawsuit recently filed by an organization called the Council of Croats.
Bob Dylan’s song ‘Farewell’ appears on the soundtrack to the upcoming Coen Brothers movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ which won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The soundtrack was released on vinyl at indie record stores
Who would have guessed that a throwaway track called 'Rock Me, Mama' that Bob Dylan wrote for the 1973 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' soundtrack would one day be nominated for a Country Music Awards Single of the Year?
An album heralded as a return from born-again proselytizing, the Mark Knopfler-produced 'Infidels' began Bob Dylan's journey back toward mainstream music making — and it may have been even better but for some last-minute tinkering.
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