Bob Dylan – musician, singer, song-writer, actor over 50 years!
Bob Dylan, 69 on May 24, 2010, continues to be a singer-songwriter, musician and has even acted a bit as well. He has been a major figure in popular music for fifty years, and much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was at first an informal chronicler, and later an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest. (Photos/wiki)
Two of Dylan’s songs are “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. His early lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social and philosophical, as well as literary influences.
Dylan performs with guitar, keyboard, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered to be his songwriting.
Joan Baez, Dylan (Photo/wiki)
Bob Dylan has received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
In 1972 Dylan signed onto Sam Peckinpah’s film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, providing songs and backing music for the movie, and playing the role of “Alias”, a member of Billy’s gang who had some basis in history. Despite the film’s failure at the box office, the song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” has proven its durability as one of Dylan’s most extensively covered songs.
In 2008 a Bob Dylan Pathway was opened in the singer’s honor in his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for what they called his profound impact on popular music and American culture, “marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”