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 different bands with his friends.
When he studied in Minnesota, he began to play American folk music instead of rock music. He started playing the acoustic guitar and the harmonica.
Did you know…?
At school Zimmerman and his band played in a school talent show. The music was so loud that the headmaster turned off their microphones.
Can’t please everyone
By the mid-1960s, Bob Dylan had become a household name in the United States. He supported peace and stood up against poverty, racism and social differences. He didn’t like this role and said: “One thing I know is that you can’t please everybody” in an interview. “Either they like me or else they slam me.” He changed paths and started to write songs about what he himself was interested in.
Like a Rolling Stone
Dylan changed music history with the song “Like a Rolling Stone.” The song is over 6 minutes long and he mixes instruments and genres. He has an aggressive attitude and the lyrics are full of spite toward those who criticize him.
Nobody had heard music like this before and it changed people’s view of the world. Bob Dylan set a new standard where rules were broken and the music could be set free.
When someone threw a silver cross on his stage, Dylan picked it up. He saw this as a sign from God. After this, Dylan preached about his savior in his music and from the stage. Many people didn’t like this and left the concerts. Critics also distanced themselves from this. When people wanted to hear “Like a Rolling Stone”, Dylan would rather talk about Jesus.
Bob Dylan has made 34 albums and is one of the most famous musicians since the 60s. He has also painted, and in 2010 he displayed over 40 paintings in Copenhagen. Some people think that his paintings would never have been shown if he hadn’t been famous.
Nobel Prize in Literature
Bob Dylan got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. This was the first time a songwriter got the prize. He was awarded the prize for innovating the American song tradition. Dylan’s lyrics are timeless and will be remembered 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
- NRK (12.01.2021): Bob Dylan tildeles Nobelprisen i litteratur
- The American Presidency Project (22.08.2022): Remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception
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