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Also Known As: Robert Allen Zimmerman Died:
Born: May 24, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Duluth, Minnesota, USA Profession: songwriter, musician, actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Trying to encapsulate the life and career of Bob Dylan was an almost futile undertaking of journalists and biographers for well over four decades. As perhaps one of the most prolific and often imitated musical artists since the second half of the 20th century, Dylan remained throughout his career, an elusive and often confounding talent; one not easily pigeonholed, dissected or even interviewed. But Dylan - whose best work was well behind him by the mid-1970s - retained his mantle as one of rock music's most indomitable figures, crossing generations by earning legions of new fans, while influencing countless musicians from Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles to Sheryl Crow and 10,000 Maniacs. Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Like a Rolling Stone" moved beyond being mere hits songs. They entered into our musical lexicon, as part of American language and culture, making Dylan a bona fide music legend.

Trying to encapsulate the life and career of Bob Dylan was an almost futile undertaking of journalists and biographers for well over four decades. As perhaps one of the most prolific and often imitated musical artists since the second half of the 20th century, Dylan remained throughout his career, an elusive and often confounding talent; one not easily pigeonholed, dissected or even interviewed. But Dylan - whose best work was well behind him by the mid-1970s - retained his mantle as one of rock music's most indomitable figures, crossing generations by earning legions of new fans, while influencing countless musicians from Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles to Sheryl Crow and 10,000 Maniacs. Songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Like a Rolling Stone" moved beyond being mere hits songs. They entered into our musical lexicon, as part of American language and culture, making Dylan a bona fide music legend.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Renaldo & Clara (1977) Director

CAST: (feature film)

4.
 Masked & Anonymous (2003) Jack Fate
6.
 Source, The (1999) Himself
7.
 Hearts Of Fire (1990) Billy Parker
8.
 Backtrack (1990) (Uncredited) Artist
9.
 Imagine: John Lennon (1988) Himself
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Hibbing, MN
1960:
Moved to NYC (date approximate)
1961:
Played first concert as opening act for John Lee Hooker
1962:
Legally changed name to Bob Dylan; recorded first album
1964:
Played 200 concerts
1965:
Featured at Newport Folk Festival
1965:
Had first hit with "Like a Rolling Stone," which went to No. 2 on the charts
1966:
Involved in a motorcycle crash; became recluse for nine months while recuperating from injuries
1967:
Subject of D.A. Pennebaker's documentary "Don't Look Back"
1968:
Returned to performing at a Woody Guthrie memorial concert
1973:
Film acting debut, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid"
1977:
Wrote, directed, edited and starred in "Reynaldo and Clara"
1979:
Announced he had become a born-again Christian
1987:
Returned to acting in "Hearts of Fire"
1988:
Formed the Traveling Willburys
1988:
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1997:
Marked artistic comeback with critically acclaimed <i>Time Out of Mind</i>
2000:
Contributed the original song "Things Have Changed" to the soundtrack of "Wonder Boys"; earned Best Original Song Academy Award
2001:
Released <i>Love and Theft</i> on Sept. 11, 2001, the same morning of the terrorists attacks; won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album and was nominated for Album of the Year
2003:
After 15 year absence, returned to acting in the lead role of a wandering troubadour in "Masked & Anonymous"
2006:
Released the album <i>Modern Times,</i> which earned 3 Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Song for "Someday Baby"
2007:
Inspired the film "I'm Not There," written and directed by Todd Haynes; film made use of seven distinct characters to represent different aspects of Dylan's life, played by six different actors
2008:
Received a Pulitzer Prize for his songwriting prowess; marked the first time Pulitzer judges have honored a rock star
2011:
Featured in the documentary "Bob Dylan Revealed"
2012:
Released 35th studio album <i>Tempest</i>
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Education

University of Minnesota: Duluth , Minnesota - 1959

Notes

In May 1997, Dylan was diagnosed with a potentially fatal and rare heart infection. He was hospitalized after suffering chest pains but eventually recovered.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Made a commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1988.

"The saddest thing about songwriting is when you get something really good and you put it down for a while, and you take for granted that you'll be able to get back to it with whatever inspired you do it in the first place--well, whatever inspired you to do it in the first place is never there anymore, So then you've got to consciously stir up the inspiration to figure what it was about. Usually you get one good part and one not-so-good part, and the not-soo-good part wipes out the good part." --Dylan to Bill Flanaghan, March 1985, included in Flanaghan's book "Written In My Soul"

In June 2004, Dylan received an honorary doctor of music degree from Scotland's oldest university St. Andrews.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Joan Baez. Singer, activist. Together in early 1960s.
wife:
Shirley Nozinsky. Model. Married on November 22, 1965; divorced in 1977; born 1940; mother of Dylan's four children.
companion:
Ruth Tryangiel. Sued Dylan in 1994; claimed to have on again, off again affair with Dylan over a 19 years.
wife:
Carolyn Dennis. Singer. Born c. 1954; backup singer for Dylan; had sporadic relationship between 1978 and 1986 when she gave birth to his daughter; married on June 4, 1986; divorced in 1992.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Abraham Zimmerman. Worked for Standard Oil.
daughter:
Maria Dylan. Daughter of Sara Lowndes; adopted by Dylan.
son:
Jesse Dylan. Filmmaker, executive. Became head of Paradise Music and Entertainment in 1999.
daughter:
Anna Dylan.
son:
Samuel Dylan.
son:
Jakob Dylan. Musician. Born c. 1970; he and his band The Wallflowers won two Grammy Awards in 1998.
daughter:
Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan. Born on January 31, 1986.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography"
"No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan"
"Dylan: A Biography" McGraw-Hill
"Behind the Scenes: A Biography" Summit Books
"Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary" Alfred A. Knopf
"Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan" Grove Press
"Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina" Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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In 2008, Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

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