Bob Dylan ♬
Robert Allan Zimmerman was born into a Jewish family in 1941. 21 years later he changed his name to Bob Dylan. Robert’s love of music developed in his early years, and he listened to a lot of rock and roll music on the radio. At school, he also played in several bands with his friends.
When studying at the University of Minnesota he traded rock music for American folk music. His electric guitar was replaced by the acoustic guitar and the harmonica.
Did you know…?
In secondary school Zimmerman and his band ‘The Golden Chords’ played in a school talent show. Their music was so noisy that the headmaster turned off their microphones.
Can’t please everyone
By the mid-1960s, Bob Dylan had become common property in the United States. He promoted peace and stood up against poverty, racism and inequality. Dylan himself didn’t like this role and was quoted saying, “One thing I know is that you can’t please everybody” in an interview. “Either they like me or else they slam me.” Eventually, he couldn’t stand to live this way and decided to follow his own path and write songs about the things that he himself was interested in.
Like a Rolling Stone
With the song “Like a Rolling Stone”, Dylan changed the history of music. He experimented musically with many things. The song is over 6 minutes long, and he mixes genres and instruments. The lyrics are full of spite for those who have criticized him before. Dylan almost ‘spits’ out the text and doesn’t pay much attention to the listener with his aggressive attitude.
Nobody had heard music like this before, and it changed the way artists and audiences saw the world. All the rules had been broken and music could finally be set free. Bob Dylan had set a new standard and at the same time become a timeless icon.
In the late 1970s, someone threw a silver cross onto Bob Dylan’s stage. He picked it up, hung it around his neck, and took it as a sign from God. Over the next few years, Dylan used his music and the stage to preach about his savior. This was disliked by many of his fans, who left his concerts. Critics also distanced themselves from this. Where audiences wanted to hear “Like a Rolling Stone”, Dylan would rather talk about Jesus.
Bob Dylan has made 34 studio albums and is one of the world’s most famous musicians since the 60s. During his career, he has painted. In the autumn of 2010, he displayed over 40 paintings in Copenhagen. These paintings presented scenes of everyday life in Brazil. One art critic meant that the paintings would never have been shown if it wasn’t for the artist’s musical fame.
Nobel Prize in Literature
As the first songwriter ever, Bob Dylan got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. He had been nominated many times before, but it had been viewed as a joke by most people. He got the award for innovation in the American song tradition. Dylan is no doubt a great lyrical talent and has created lyrics that will be around forever.
- Bergan, Jon Vidar; Selnes, Gisle: Bob Dylan i Store norske leksikon på snl.no.
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- NRK (12.01.2021): Bob Dylan stiller ut i Danmark
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- The American Presidency Project (22.08.2022): Remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception
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