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Top 10 Facts - Bob Dylan
11.28.2015
Fact #1

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades.

Fact #2

Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from iournalists that he was a spokesman for his generation.

Fact #3

Nevertheless, early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin"' became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.

Fact #4

His mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians, reached the top end of the United States music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Fact #5

His recording career, spanning 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even iazz and the Great American Songbook.

Fact #6

Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in maior art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

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He has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Fact #8

The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Fact #9

In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Fact #10

On April 10, 2015, Dylan commenced a United States tour in Atlantic City, which concluded in South Bend, Indiana, on May 17. Dylan also completed a European tour in lune and luly, and a further European tour in October and November, 2015.

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