Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Live in Concert
Bob Dylan Live in Concert. photo: Frank Micelotta / Getty Images

Description of Bob Dylan's Music:

Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter


Bob Dylan has attributed his style to folks from Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly to Chuck Berry. More recent artists who are often compared to Bob include John Mayer, Tom Petty, and even occasionally Steve Earle.

Trivia Fact:

Bob Dylan made his first record in a department store booth on Christmas Eve when he was 15 years old.

Artists Influenced by Bob Dylan:

Bob Dylan's musical influence stretches across every genre, and includes everyone from Michael Stipe to the Black Crowes and Wyclef Jean. If you know and love Bob already, you may really like Dan Bern, Hammel on Trial, or lesser known artists like Spook Handy.

Recommended CDs by Bob Dylan:

The Times They Are A-Changin' (Columbia, 1964)
Highway 61 Revisited (Columbia, 1965)
Before the Flood (Columbia, 1974)
Time Out of Mind (Sony, 1997)

Quote from Bob Dylan:

"Being noticed can be a burden. Jesus got himself crucified because he got himself noticed. So I disappear a lot."

Purchase/Download Bob Dylan MP3s:

"Mr. Tambourine Man"
"The Times They Are A'Changing"
"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"

Bob Dylan's Biography:

Robert Allen Zimmerman was born in 1941 in Duluth, MN. When he was six years old, his father came down with polio, and the family moved to Hibbing where Bob grew up in a small Jewish community.

In 1959, he enrolled in the University at Minneapolis, where he became involved in the local folk music scene.

It was during this time that he started using the name Bob Dylan, which has no verifiable origin.

At the end of his first year in college, Dylan quit school but stayed in Minneapolis and remained active in the Folk scene. During a tour in 1961, he spent a good deal of time in New York City, and was eventually signed to Columbia Records.

Over the next half-decade, Bob wrote and released a hand full of records that became sentinels in the evolving folk-rock scene. His "Blowin in the Wind" (Purchase/Download) and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" typified a generation and soon became somewhat anthemic tributes to the emerging social climate at the time.

Then, finding himself pigeon-holed as a protest song writer, Dylan changed the tune with the release of Another Side of Bob Dylan in 1964. This record showcased less serious tunes and introduced fans to a more edgy and somewhat sentimental side of his work.

Over the next 30 years, Dylan continued to release timely topical records as well as some occasional flat out rock and roll records. He's toured at the pace only a Folk singer could really hold up. And he's managed to influence just about every second or third artist making a living these days in music.