Bob Dylan


Musician, Songwriter

About

Also Known As
B. Dylan, Robert Allen Zimmerman
Birth Place
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Born
May 24, 1941

Biography

Trying to encapsulate the life and career of Bob Dylan was an almost futile undertaking of journalists and biographers for well over five decades. As one of the most prolific and often imitated musical artists of 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...

Family & Companions

Joan Baez
Companion
Singer, activist. Together in early 1960s.
Shirley Nozinsky
Wife
Model. Married on November 22, 1965; divorced in 1977; born 1940; mother of Dylan's four children.
Ruth Tryangiel
Companion
Sued Dylan in 1994; claimed to have on again, off again affair with Dylan over a 19 years.
Carolyn Dennis
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan"
Howard Sounes, Grove Press (2001)
"Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina"
David Hajdu, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2001)
"Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary"
Tim Riley, Alfred A. Knopf (1992)
"Dylan: A Biography"
Bob Spitz, McGraw-Hill (1991)

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.

Biography

Trying to encapsulate the life and career of Bob Dylan was an almost futile undertaking of journalists and biographers for well over five decades. As one of the most prolific and often imitated musical artists of 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 - even during long periods of artistic decline - 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. They entered into our musical lexicon as part of American language and culture, making Dylan a bona fide music legend. Bob Dylan was the first rock star to win prestigious awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest award given to an American civilian), and, in 2016, the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN and raised in nearby Hibbing. An only child who took to listening to blues and country radio stations when he was young, he learned how to play the guitar and harmonica as a child, forming several bands while he was in high school. His first, the Shadow Blasters, was short-lived thanks to having only one Little Richard song played at maximum volume in its repertoire. The group quickly disbanded after an audition for a talent contest at the local junior college, never to be heard from again. Dylan later formed The Golden Chords, a more polished ensemble that still liked playing loud, much to the consternation of school officials who routinely complained about the noise during the band's performances at school dances. After graduating high school in 1959, Dylan enrolled at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, performing in several coffee houses and caf├ęs, while immersing himself in the local folk scene. It was during this time that he began going by the name Bob Dylan, taking the first name of poet Dylan Thomas.

Heavily inspired by Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie - as well as the more popular Elvis Presley - Dylan went to Denver in the summer of 1960, where he met legendary blues singer and one-man band Jesse Fuller, leading to his decision to pursue a musical career. He then moved to New York City in the winter of 1960-61 with the intention of meeting Guthrie, who was lying in Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey, dying slowly from Huntington's disease. Dylan made frequent bus trips to visit and play songs with his hero at the hospital, helping to alleviate Guthrie's misery while further developing his own folk repertoire. At 19, Dylan was a part of the folk revival taking place in New York in the early 1960s, playing coffeehouses around Greenwich Village while learning as many songs and techniques as possible. In April of 1961, he opened for blues legend John Lee Hooker, then earned a rave review in The New York Times for a performance later that fall.

Dylan was soon discovered by producer John Hammond, who signed the young folkie to a contract with Columbia and helped release his self-titled first album in March 1962. Costing only a few hundred dollars to produce, Bob Dylan featured only two original compositions and sold poorly. Dylan was tagged as being "Hammond's folly" by Columbia executives, a sobriquet that immediately disappeared after his second effort, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, perhaps one of the most significant albums ever recorded. With songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," the album announced Dylan's emergence on the music scene loud and clear, turning the previous unknown into the emerging voice of a generation defining itself through protest and rebellion against authority. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded their own version of "Blowin' in the Wind," turning the song - which had been in Dylan's live set since April 1962 - into a huge pop hit in the summer of 1963. Also at this time, Dylan was romantically entangled with folk singer Joan Baez, making them a fabled couple in the annals of rock history. In two short years, Dylan went from being a struggling folk artist to a widely recognized household name.

After Freewheelin', Dylan recorded a string of albums - The Times They Are A-Changin', Another Side of Bob Dylan and Bringing it All Back Home - that cemented his reputation as a genius artist of the highest caliber. The last helped touch off a furor among folk purists through the presence of electric instruments on songs like the surreal "Subterranean Homesick Blues." The outrage within the folk-purist crowd carried over to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where Dylan showed up sporting a Fender Stratocaster, backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The audience booed him mercilessly, though later accounts attributed much of the crowd's derision to a faulty sound system rather than Dylan's brush-off of traditional folk roots. Nonetheless, the story only added to the songwriter's growing myth, one perpetuated by his own tall tales that he told in his increasingly erratic and confrontational interviews. Later that year, he released Highway 61 Revisited, which boasted perhaps his most recognized song, "Like a Rolling Stone."

Dylan, once a prominent part of the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s, was soon feeling manipulated by organizers. Not helping matters was his deteriorating relationship with Baez, which accelerated after a short tour of Europe in 1965. The highly public affair ended bitterly, with both unwilling to speak to the other - but which inspired Baez's heartbreaking song "Diamonds and Rust." Dylan and Baez did, however, reconcile their friendship in the mid-1970s. 1966's double LP Blonde on Blonde featured the beautiful "Visions of Johanna," the jangling, poppy "I Want You" and the chaotic, New Orleans brass band-inspired anthem "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35."At the height of his countercultural fame, Dylan suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1966 while riding his Triumph 500 near Woodstock, NY. Though the extent of his injuries was never fully disclosed, it was later confirmed that he had broken his neck in the crash.

Dylan convalesced in his home in upstate New York with his new wife, Sara Lowndes, while spending the next few months recording music with The Hawks (later The Band) in seclusion in Woodstock. At the height of psychedelia, Dylan released the quieter and much more subtle John Wesley Harding in December 1967. The album featured "All Along the Watchtower," which was later rearranged and turned into a hit single by Jimi Hendrix. Also in 1967, he was featured in D.A. Pennebaker's legendary documentary "Dont Look Back," an inspired piece of filmmaking that followed Dylan on his European tour in 1965; it became one of the most iconic rock documentaries of all time. Though still recording music and releasing albums, including the countrified Nashville Skyline (1969), Dylan remained elusive in public, while previously worshipful critics began lambasting his output - particularly 1970's willfully difficult Self Portrait - for being aimless and derivative.

Dylan performed only sporadically, taking the stage at a Woody Guthrie tribute in 1968, at the Isle of Wight festival in 1969 and later, at his friend George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. He was tapped by director Sam Peckinpah to write the soundtrack for "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973), a moody revisionist western that showcased one of his best-loved tracks, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Dylan also acted for the first time in the film. After releasing his esteemed comeback album Blood on the Tracks in 1975, Dylan made his directorial debut with "Renaldo and Clara" (1977), an experimental film that chronicled his 1975-76 Rolling Thunder Revue, while depicting Dylan and his fellow musicians in a series of improvisational sketches. The nearly four-hour movie was released to scathing reviews. Meanwhile, Dylan was featured in "The Last Waltz" (1978), a concert documentary directed by Martin Scorsese that showcased The Band's final performance at San Francisco's legendary Winterland Ballroom.

In the late 1970s, Dylan's music career hit the skids both artistically and critically. He converted to Christianity in 1979 and recorded a trio of albums reflecting his newfound faith, starting with 1980's Slow Train Coming. An inconsistent series of albums and tours followed, including cross-country treks with both The Grateful Dead and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his backing bands. Dylan returned to the feature film world with a starring role as a reclusive rock star in the uninspired musical drama "Hearts of Fire" (1987). In 1988, he embarked on what he dubbed The Never-Ending Tour, a steady stream of concerts that continued well into the new millennium. Before setting out on the road, he found time join a new supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys. Along with friends George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Petty, the group found success with two hit albums, including Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 in 1988 and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3 in 1990. On his own, he made a huge comeback musically in 1997, releasing the Grammy-winning Time Out of Mind, widely considered his best release since Blood on the Tracks.

Dylan made a rare foray into series television, appearing in a guest starring role as himself on the popular sitcom "Dharma and Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002) in 1999 in an episode written by his longtime friend Eddie Gorodetsky. After continuing his musical comeback with the critically-acclaimed Love and Theft in 2001, Dylan made another failed attempt into the feature world with Larry Charles' musical satire "Masked & Anonymous" (2003), playing an enigmatic singer released from prison and exploited by a ruthless concert promoter (John Goodman). He released yet another well-received album in 2006, Modern Times, which quickly became his first #1 record since Desire in 1976. Meanwhile, controversy brewed over the film "Factory Girl" (2006), a biopic on Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller), famed muse of artist Andy Warhol. Dylan's lawyers threatened to sue, alleging that the film alluded to him as being responsible for Sedgwick's death in 1971. Meanwhile, Dylan's life and music were re-enacted in "I'm Not There" (2007), an odd biopic directed by Todd Haynes that used different actors - including Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett - to depict the singer-songwriter at different stages in his career. Also during this era, Dylan began a weekly program on satellite radio, Theme Time Radio Hour. The critically-acclaimed show, produced by Gorodetsky, was a deadpan parody of pre-rock radio variety shows, and ran from May 2006 to April 2009.

Together Through Life (2009), a collaboration with former Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, was followed quickly by an album of Christmas music, Christmas in the Heart (2009), that was greeted with puzzlement by most critics and fans. Dylan was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on May 29, 2012. His next album, Tempest (2012), received generally favorable reviews. It was followed two years later by something of a Holy Grail for Dylan enthusiasts, The Basement Tapes Complete, compiling all the known recordings made by Dylan and the Hawks in Woodstock during his convalescence. In keeping with his unexpected artistic shifts, Dylan's next album, Shadows in the Night, was a collection of pre-rock standards popularized by Frank Sinatra. A second album of standards recorded during the same sessions, Fallen Angels, followed in 2016, along with an exhaustive box set of all the surviving live recordings of his tumultuous 1966 world tour. To the surprise of many around the world, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 13, 2016. The citation credited Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Renaldo & Clara (1977)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007)
Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2007)
The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-65 (2007)
Masked & Anonymous (2003)
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Performer
The Source (1999)
Himself
Hearts Of Fire (1990)
Backtrack (1990)
Imagine: John Lennon (1988)
Himself
Scruggs: His Family and Friends (1985)
The Last Waltz (1978)
Himself
Renaldo & Clara (1977)
Renaldo
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Eat the Document (1972)
The Concert for Bangladesh (1972)
Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (1969)
Festival (1967)
Don't Look Back (1967)

Writer (Feature Film)

I'm Not There (2007)
Source Material
Renaldo & Clara (1977)
Screenwriter

Editing (Feature Film)

Renaldo & Clara (1977)
Editor
Eat the Document (1972)
Editing

Music (Feature Film)

Honey Boy (2019)
Song Performer
Zombieland 2: Double Tap (2019)
Song
Against All Enemies (2019)
Song
The Kitchen (2019)
Song
The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)
Song
The Goldfinch (2019)
Song
Honey Boy (2019)
Song
Life, Itself (2018)
Song
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
Song
Book Club (2018)
Song
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
Song Performer
Book Club (2018)
Song Performer
Life, Itself (2018)
Song Performer
The Dinner (2017)
Song Performer
The Dinner (2017)
Song
Last Flag Fying (2017)
Song
Marjorie Prime (2017)
Song
Lawless (2017)
Song Performer
The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)
Song
The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)
Song Performer
Last Flag Fying (2017)
Song Performer
Lawless (2017)
Song
The Post (2017)
Song
Don't Think Twice (2016)
Song
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
Song
Passengers (2016)
Song Performer
Passengers (2016)
Song
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Song
Bad Santa 2 (2016)
Song Performer
Demolition (2016)
Song
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
Song Performer
Aloha (2015)
Song Performer
Steve Jobs (2015)
Song Performer
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Song
Love the Coopers (2015)
Song
Too Late (2015)
Song Performer
Max (2015)
Song
Love the Coopers (2015)
Song Performer
Paper Towns (2015)
Song Performer
Steve Jobs (2015)
Song
Cymbeline (2015)
Song
Aloha (2015)
Song
Too Late (2015)
Song
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Song Performer
Foxcatcher (2014)
Song Performer
Selma (2014)
Song
St. Vincent (2014)
Song Performer
Wish I Was Here (2014)
Song
All Is By My Side (2014)
Song Performer
All Is By My Side (2014)
Song
You Are Here (2014)
Song Performer
St. Vincent (2014)
Song
Need for Speed (2014)
Song
Foxcatcher (2014)
Song
The Gambler (2014)
Song
You Are Here (2014)
Song
Boyhood (2014)
Song Performer
Le Weekend (2013)
Song
2 Guns (2013)
Song Performer
Warm Bodies (2013)
Song
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Song
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Song Performer
Warm Bodies (2013)
Song Performer
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Song
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Song Performer
Jobs (2013)
Song
2 Guns (2013)
Song
Le Weekend (2013)
Song Performer
Jobs (2013)
Song Performer
Decoding Annie Parker (2013)
Song
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Song Performer
The Three Stooges (2012)
Song
Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Song
Savages (2012)
Song
Savages (2012)
Song Performer
The Three Stooges (2012)
Song Performer
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Song
Everything Must Go (2011)
Song
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Song
The Music Never Stopped (2011)
Song Performer
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Song Performer
The Other Guys (2010)
Song
My Own Love Song (2010)
Music
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
Song
When in Rome (2010)
Song
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Song
Leaves of Grass (2010)
Song
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Song
Away We Go (2009)
Song
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
Song
Away We Go (2009)
Song Performer
Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
Song Performer
One Peace At A Time (2009)
Music
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Song
Land of the Lost (2009)
Song
Watchmen (2009)
Song
Observe and Report (2009)
Song
Watchmen (2009)
Song Performer
Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
Song
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Song Performer
W. (2008)
Song Performer
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Song
Religulous (2008)
Song Performer
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008)
Song
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Song
W. (2008)
Song
Henry Poole Is Here (2008)
Song Performer
Religulous (2008)
Song
Fred Claus (2007)
Song
1408 (2007)
Song Performer
I'm Not There (2007)
Song Performer
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
Song Performer
Lucky You (2007)
Song Performer
Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2007)
Song
Knocked Up (2007)
Song
Georgia Rule (2007)
Song
The Ultimate Gift (2007)
Song Performer
I'm Not There (2007)
Music
Lucky You (2007)
Song
My Kid Could Paint That (2007)
Song
I'm Not There (2007)
Song
The Ultimate Gift (2007)
Song
Georgia Rule (2007)
Song Performer
Young@Heart (2007)
Song
1408 (2007)
Song
Lady in the Water (2006)
Song
Lady in the Water (2006)
Song Performer
Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas (2006)
Song
Diggers (2006)
Song
Shut Up & Sing (2006)
Song
Man of the Year (2006)
Song Performer
Man of the Year (2006)
Song
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Composer
Nearing Grace (2005)
Song Performer
Stoned (2005)
Music
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Song
Nearing Grace (2005)
Song
Walk the Line (2005)
Song Performer
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Song
The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Song Performer
Stoned (2005)
Song
Walk the Line (2005)
Song
One Bright Shining Moment (2005)
Music
North Country (2005)
Song
Be Cool (2005)
Song
North Country (2005)
Song Performer
Be Cool (2005)
Song Performer
Around the Bend (2004)
Song Performer
A Cinderella Story (2004)
Song
Around the Bend (2004)
Song
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Song Performer
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
Song
Identity (2003)
Song Performer
Masked & Anonymous (2003)
Music
Gods and Generals (2003)
Song
The Hunted (2003)
Song
Identity (2003)
Song
Gods and Generals (2003)
Song Performer
Monster's Ball (2002)
Composer
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002)
Song
The Country Bears (2002)
Song
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Song Performer
Moonlight Mile (2002)
Song
The Country Bears (2002)
Song Performer
The Dancer Upstairs (2002)
Song ("All Along The Watchtower")
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Song
Bandits (2001)
Song Performer ("All The Tired Horses" "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum")
Bandits (2001)
Song
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Song Performer
Vanilla Sky (2001)
Song Performer
Blow (2001)
Song
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Song
Boycott (2001)
Song
High Fidelity (2000)
Composer
Wonder Boys (2000)
Composer
Steal This Movie (2000)
Songs ("My Back Pages" "It'S All Over Now Baby Blue")
Remember the Titans (2000)
Song
Hamlet (2000)
Song ("All Along The Watchtower")
Me, Myself and Irene (2000)
Song
Honest (2000)
Song Performer
The Source (1999)
Music
American Beauty (1999)
Song
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Song Performer ("Subterranean Homesick Blues")
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Song
Pushing Tin (1999)
Song
Jesus' Son (1999)
Song Performer
The Hurricane (1999)
Song Performer
American Beauty (1999)
Song Performer
The Hurricane (1999)
Song
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Song
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song
Angel on My Shoulder (1998)
Music
Hope Floats (1998)
Song
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Song Performer
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Song Performer
Another Day in Paradise (1998)
Song
Prefontaine (1997)
Song
In & Out (1997)
Song
Vegas Vacation (1997)
Song
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Song Performer
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)
Song
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Song
Feeling Minnesota (1996)
Song Performer
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Song Performer
To Have and To Hold (1996)
Song ("I Threw It All Away")
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Song ("Blowin' In The Wind")
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Song
Jimi (1995)
Song
Forrest Gump (1994)
Song
With Honors (1994)
Song
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Song
Blue Chips (1994)
Song
Forrest Gump (1994)
Song Performer
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Song Performer
Jack the Bear (1993)
Song
Straight to One (1993)
Song
Straight to One (1993)
Song Performer
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Song
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Song Performer
Amongst Friends (1993)
Song ("I Shall Be Released")
A Bronx Tale (1993)
Song
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Song
Sneakers (1992)
Song Performer
Sneakers (1992)
Song
Radio Flyer (1992)
Song
Radio Flyer (1992)
Song Performer
Innocents Abroad (1992)
Music
Rush (1991)
Song
Dogfight (1991)
Song Performer
The Josephine Baker Story (1991)
Song
Rush (1991)
Song Performer
Dogfight (1991)
Song
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Song ("I'Ll Remember You")
The Indian Runner (1991)
Song
Bird On A Wire (1990)
Song
Flashback (1990)
Song
Hearts Of Fire (1990)
Song
Flashback (1990)
Song Performer
Hearts Of Fire (1990)
Song Performer
Days of Thunder (1990)
Song
The Freshman (1990)
Song
Bird On A Wire (1990)
Song Performer
Cadence (1990)
Song
Truly Madly Deeply (1990)
Song
Stagefright (1989)
Music
The Mighty Quinn (1989)
Song
Lost Angels (1989)
Song
Rude Awakening (1989)
Song
New York Stories (1989)
Song Performer
Rude Awakening (1989)
Song Performer
True Believer (1989)
Song
New York Stories (1989)
Song
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Song
Road House (1989)
Song
Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
Song
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Song
Five Corners (1988)
Song
Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
Song
Shakedown (1988)
Song
U2 Rattle and Hum (1988)
Song ("All Along The Watchtower")
1969 (1988)
Song
Five Corners (1988)
Song Performer
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Song Performer
God Rides a Harley (1987)
Song ("Gospel Plow")
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Song
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Song
Hamburger Hill (1987)
Song
Porky's Revenge (1985)
Song
Live a Life (1982)
Song
Parole (1982)
Song
Ticket to Heaven (1981)
Song
American Pop (1981)
Song
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Song Performer
Blinded By the Light (1980)
Song
Blinded By the Light (1980)
Song Performer
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
Song
No Nukes (1980)
Song
Underground U.S.A. (1980)
Music
Divine Madness (1980)
Song
The Wanderers (1979)
Song
More American Graffiti (1979)
Song
More American Graffiti (1979)
Song Performer
The Wanderers (1979)
Song Performer
Coming Home (1978)
Song Performer
Coming Home (1978)
Song
The Last Waltz (1978)
Song Performer
The Last Waltz (1978)
Song
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
Music
The Concert for Bangladesh (1972)
Composer
Eat the Document (1972)
Composer
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Composer
Celebration at Big Sur (1971)
Composer
Jud (1971)
Composer
Medicine Ball Caravan (1971)
Composer
Carry It On (1970)
Composer
Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)
Composer
Easy Rider (1969)
Composer
Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (1969)
Composer
Don't Look Back (1967)
Composer
The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)
Composer

Art Department (Feature Film)

The Boxtrolls (2014)
Art Department

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg (1993)
Thanks

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
Other
The Source (1999)
Other
Cadence (1990)
Other
Imagine: John Lennon (1988)
Other

Cast (Special)

Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws And Angels (2004)
Performer
The 44th Annual Grammy Awards (2002)
Performer
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2001)
Performer
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
Performer
The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards (2000)
Presenter
An All-Star Tribute to Johnny Cash (1999)
Eric Clapton and Friends: Crosswinds Concert (1999)
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards (1998)
Performer
The Kennedy Center Honors (1997)
The Band (1996)
Interviewee
The Mastercard Masters of Music Concert For the Prince's Trust (1996)
The Concert For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995)
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995)
Sounds of Summer Preview '95 (1995)
The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration (1993)
Willie Nelson The Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration (1993)
A Country Music Celebration (1993)
An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope (1993)
1991 Grammy Awards (1993)
Performer
One Irish Rover (1992)
Columbia Records Celebrates the Music of Bob Dylan (1992)
Late Night With David Letterman: 10th Anniversary (1992)
Late Night With David Letterman Eighth Anniversary Special (1990)
John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen (1990)
Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless (1990)
Celebrating Gershwin (1987)
The American Music Awards (1986)
Performer
The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event (1986)
An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (1986)
Bob Dylan in Concert (1986)
The Story of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem (1985)
Sun City (1985)

Music (Special)

The 44th Annual Grammy Awards (2002)
Song Performer
The 73rd Annual Academy Awards (2001)
Song Performer
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Indivisible (2000)
Song Performer ("I Shall Be Free No 10")
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Indivisible (2000)
Song ("I Shall Be Free No 10")
Eric Clapton and Friends: Crosswinds Concert (1999)
Song Performer ("Don'T Think Twice, It'S All Right" "Not Dark Yet" "Crossroads")
High Grass Dogs -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Live From the Fillmore (1999)
Song
American Stories: The American Dream (1998)
Song Performer
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards (1998)
Song Performer
The Mastercard Masters of Music Concert For the Prince's Trust (1996)
Song Performer ("Highway 61")
The Concert For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995)
Song Performer
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995)
Song Performer
Ed Sullivan Presents: Rock 'n' Roll Revolution: The British Invade America (1995)
Song Performer
"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute (1995)
Song Performer
Great Moments in Bluegrass (1994)
Song
Willie Nelson Salutes Texas (1993)
Song ("Heartland")
Willie Nelson The Big Six-O: An All-Star Birthday Celebration (1993)
Song Performer
A Country Music Celebration (1993)
Song Performer
An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope (1993)
Song Performer
The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration (1993)
Song Performer
Late Night With David Letterman: 10th Anniversary (1992)
Song Performer
Columbia Records Celebrates the Music of Bob Dylan (1992)
Song ("I Want You")
Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless (1990)
Song Performer
Jimi Hendrix (1988)
Song
A Matter of Trust: Billy Joel in the USSR (1988)
Song
Sgt. Pepper: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today (1987)
Song Performer
Bob Dylan in Concert (1986)
Song Performer
The Peter, Paul & Mary 25th Anniversary Concert (1986)
Song ("Blowin' In The Wind")
The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event (1986)
Song Performer ("Maggie'S Farm" "Trust Yourself")
Bob Dylan in Concert (1986)
Song
The 10th Anniversary Johnny Cash Christmas Special (1985)
Song

Sound (Special)

An All Star Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly (1988)
From Recording Idea

Music (TV Mini-Series)

Shake, Rattle & Roll (1999)
Song

Life Events

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

Had first hit with "Like a Rolling Stone," which went to No. 2 on the charts

1965

Performed an electric set with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band at Newport Folk Festival

1966

Involved in a motorcycle crash; became recluse for nine months while recuperating from injuries

1967

Subject of D.A. Pennebaker's documentary "Dont 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 "Renaldo and Clara"

1979

Announced he had become a born-again Christian

1987

Returned to acting in "Hearts of Fire"

1988

Formed the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty.

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; 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"

2005

Subject of the Martin Scorsese documetary "No Direction Home"

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

2012

Released 35th studio album <i>Tempest</i>

2015

Released <i>Shadows in the Night</i>, a collection of standards popularized by Frank Sinatra

2016

Awarded Nobel Prize for Literature on October 13, 2016.

Videos

Movie Clip

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid - Billy #1 Billy (Kris Kristofferson) improvises a song (which suggests Australian Geoff Mack's often-recorded 1959 composition "I've Been Everywhere") , having killed his jailers, as ruffian Alias (Bob Dylan, whose soundtrack swells with "Billy #1") observes his departure, in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, 1973.
Arrangement, The (1969) - Is That A Baby? During his spell of erratic behavior, in New York for the purpose of seeing his ailing father, LA advertising exec Eddie (Kirk Douglas) is more interested in seeing Gwen (Faye Dunaway), his former assistant and lover, who’s now in an ill-defined relationship with Charles (John Randolph Jones), in Elia Kazan’s film from his own novel, The Arrangement, 1969.
Dont Look Back (1967) - Only A Pawn In Their Game D.A. Pennebaker directing and editing, first from filmmaker Ed Emshwiller’s footage of Bob Dylan in Greenwood, Mississippi, July 1963, then The Times They Are A-Changin’ and To Ramona from his Royal Albert Hall shows, May, 1965, in Dont Look Back, 1967.
Dont Look Back (1967) - Percy's Song, Etc. First fleeing an event in a hired car, Bob Dylan with Joan Baez and friends, then in a London hotel, 1965, Joan performing Dylan’s Percy’s Song and Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word, both at the time un-released, Dylan typing, in D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary Dont Look Back, 1967.
Dont Look Back (1967) - Subterranean Homesick Blues The de facto music video that opens D.A. Pennebaker’s much-praised documentary about Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour in England, this scene shot in New York, Dylan’s recording, flipping the cards with puns and intentional errors, and that is Allen Ginsberg in the background, from Dont Look Back, 1967.
Dont Look Back (1967) - Lies And Rubbish At Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, May 1965, subject Bob Dylan in a good-humored but spiky backstage exchange with student columnist and future record executive Terry Ellis, D.A. Pennebaker on camera, in his documentary Dont Look Back, 1967.
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973) - Near Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1909 Director Sam Peckinpah’s opening, which on repeated viewing is not incoherent, beginning with the murder of one title character (James Coburn) and flashing back to the introduction of the other (Kris Kristofferson), from the elegiac Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, 1973, featuring Bob Dylan’s famous soundtrack.
Last Waltz, The - Bob Dylan & The Band Bob Dylan & The Band tear through "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" in this clip from Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz (1978).

Trailer

Promo

Family

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

Companions

Joan Baez
Companion
Singer, activist. Together in early 1960s.
Shirley Nozinsky
Wife
Model. Married on November 22, 1965; divorced in 1977; born 1940; mother of Dylan's four children.
Ruth Tryangiel
Companion
Sued Dylan in 1994; claimed to have on again, off again affair with Dylan over a 19 years.
Carolyn Dennis
Wife
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.

Bibliography

"Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan"
Howard Sounes, Grove Press (2001)
"Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina"
David Hajdu, Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2001)
"Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary"
Tim Riley, Alfred A. Knopf (1992)
"Dylan: A Biography"
Bob Spitz, McGraw-Hill (1991)
"Behind the Scenes: A Biography"
Clinton Heylin, Summit Books (1991)
"No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan"
Robert Shelton (1986)
"Bob Dylan: An Intimate Biography"
Anthony Scaduto (1972)

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.