American Legends: The Life of Bob Dylan

ISBN: 9781499690682
*Includes pictures.
*Includes Dylan's quotes about his life and career.
*Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

“I have dined with kings, I've been offered wings. And I've never been too impressed.” – Bob Dylan

In the space of just a few years, Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, rose from the obscurity of a small Minnesota town to a position of royalty atop the folk music landscape of the 1960s, with a universal esteem and status on a par with Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Not content to remain for long within that niche, however, he went on to conquer rock with elements of blues, jazz, pop, country, Gospel, rockabilly and ethnic music of the British Isles, not to mention authoring several books, working in film soundtracks, acting, and holding international art exhibits of his work along the way. He even developed a fondness for old school rap, such as Public Enemy. In the 1960s, “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A’ Changing” “became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements,” but long after the transition from the ‘50s to the late ‘60s and ‘70s was accomplished, the initially baffling young folk singer who appeared out of nowhere was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for “his profound impact on popular music, and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Over the span of his career, he has received Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, Academy Award Oscars, and he has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, not to mention the Pulitzer Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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