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Bob Dylan sings "The Times They Are A-Changin'" during the "In Performance At The White House: A Celebration Of Music From The Civil Rights Movement" concert in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 9, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, is a legendary American singer-songwriter and influential figure in the music world.

Widely regarded as one of the most significant and poetic voices in contemporary music, Dylan has shaped the landscape of folk and rock music for over six decades.

Dylan began his musical journey in the early 1960s, emerging from the folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York. His early works quickly gained acclaim, marked by socially conscious lyrics and acoustic melodies. Albums like “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” (1963) and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” (1964) captured the spirit of the turbulent times, making him an anthem for the civil rights and anti-war movements.

Known for his distinct voice and profound lyricism, Dylan shook the music world in the mid-1960s when he “went electric,” challenging the traditional boundaries of folk music. The release of “Bringing It All Back Home” (1965), “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965), and “Blonde on Blonde” (1966) marked a pivotal shift toward rock.

In 2016, Dylan became the first songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Committee recognized him for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

Over his career, Dylan has produced an extensive discography featuring timeless classics like “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” His influence extends beyond music, making him a cultural icon whose impact continues to resonate across generations.

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