Saturday, January 17, 2009

Bob Dylan - Icon of the 1960s

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A Bob Dylan Biography by Paul Drake

Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24th, 1941 in Deluth, Minnesota and later relocated to Greenwich Village where he went on to not only be come of the most notable folk music icons of all time but also to become an instrumental figure in the civil rights movement as well.

While his musical stylings have included rock, blues, country and gospel, it is folk music that he is best known for leaving such instrumental ballads in his wake as "Blowing In the Wind", and "The Times, They Are a-Changing."

The Bob Dylan Biography begins in his childhood with a love of other roots music icons such as Woody Guthrie. He even made a pilgrimage later in life to visit the father of folk music as he lay on his death bed. Bob Dylan has been linked to several tumultuous relationships such as that with Joan Baez and even the infamous Andy Warhol groupie, Eddie Sedgwick.

On July 29th 1966 while riding his motorcycle through the country roads of Woodstock, Dylan crashed his bike and was severely injured. While the extent of the injuries were not life threatening there has always been a great deal of controversy over the ultimate effect the accident had on Bob Dylan's voice, career, and mental stability.

After a long and controversial solo career Bob Dylan became a part of the much loved Traveling Wilburys featuring Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynn, and Tom Petty. The group released two albums and had several hit songs.

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