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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Ezra Koenig Dedicates Show To Tom Petty


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Ezra Koenig has dedicated a show to Tom Petty.

The Vampire Weekend frontman paid tribute to the late music legend, who passed away last week aged 66, by doing his Beats 1 show 'Time Crisis' in his honour, and revealed his favourite song is the star's well known hit 'Free Fallin''.

Speaking about the track, Ezra said: ''He's talking about life being in free fall, it's harsh.''

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Did Bob Dylan Plagiarise Part Of His Nobel Prize Lecture?


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It took him the best of nine months to get round to doing it, but now it has been claimed that Bob Dylan plagiarised his Nobel Literature Prize lecture from SparkNotes, an online version of revision resource CliffNotes.

A report by Slate Magazine on Tuesday (June 13th) highlighted similarities between the SparkNotes entry on Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick and Dylan’s speech, in which the singer discussed the three books that had had the biggest impact on his writing and career.

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Bob Dylan's Nobel Literature Lecture Is Finally Here - And It's Epic


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Bob Dylan is notoriously private, to such a point that he refused to attend the official Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm in favour of a private meeting during his tour stop. However, that hasn't stopped him being very public with his official acceptance speech.

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The folk legend delivered a 27-minute lecture regarding his win of the Nobel Literature Prize, recording it in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 4th 2017) with piano accompaniment and uploading it online for the whole world to hear yesterday. Needless to say it was worth the long wait.

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Bob Dylan - Triplicate Album Review


On his new album, Bob Dylan sings, “I’m weary all of the time”. If the more upbeat tracks were less energetic, that would be a good summary of all the content found on this horribly colossal overindulgence of a triple album. ‘Triplicate’ is, in the main, as tired as it is tiresome. Imagine your grandfather singing along to a slow ballad while drowsy. That is what Dylan sounds like for most of this set.

Bob Dylan - Triplicate Album Review

None of the songs performed here by Dylan, one of the most revered lyricists since David the Psalmist, are written by the man himself. An interesting surprise move by the most recent recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, it was never likely to pay off, even for the man whose reckless courage and wisdom were displayed when he shocked the masses all those years ago by deciding to ‘go electric’. I mean, let’s face it: Dylan’s singing has never been the best. He often made up for that, though, with top-quality lyrics and/or points of musical interest. Here, the singer would not be able to compensate in that way.

It’s not just the fact that his new contribution is a triple album of covers that may be unexpected to some. The jazzy, smooth kind of crooning on display here, a genre some may see as being dated by the time The Beatles were finished with touring and Blonde on Blonde came out, is almost as alien to most of Dylan’s adventures in sound as house music and hip-hop are, varied though the songwriter’s recording career has been. Many who heard his great take on ‘Melancholy Mood’, released in 2016, or the album that preceded it might have predicted something along these lines, but three discs’ worth of it? Really?

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Bob Dylan's Taste In Music Is Not As Predictable As You Might Have Thought


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Bob Dylan is due to drop his 38th studio album 'Triplicate' next week and in anticipation for the release, he has opened up in a rare interview about some of his favourite artists. He's the world's first musician to win a Nobel Prize for literature, but we bet you can't guess what he's listening to at the moment.

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As well as all the obvious choices like Joan Baez, Link Wray and Frank Sinatra, the 'Like A Rolling Stone' singer's taste extends to a broader category of modern artists like The Stereophonics. Yep, we didn't see that one coming either.

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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 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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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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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 - 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 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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Bob Dylan Movies

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

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