Bob Dylan Biography

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Bob Dylan has used his multiple years of making music and writing countless poems to earn himself an outstanding award. He is the first musician to ever win the Nobel Prize Award for Literature and it has come with a lot of controversy. Even though some consider him not to be one of the best musicians, he is one of the most important poets and musicians of all time because he has expressed so many social and political concerns throughout his lyrics. His great works can be not only sung but also spoken, chanted, recited, and read. The Nobel Committee for Literature presented him with their 2016 award for “creating new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” (j.Benka) The Merriam Webster Dictionary describes literature …show more content…
After the rave review, Columbia Records contacted him and they wrote up a recording contract together. When he was first signed to Columbia Records, Dylan conned his way out of a stipulation that required his parents to sign (at 20, he was considered a minor at the time) by convincing John Hammond that he was an orphan. At the time of his recording contract, he legally changed his surname to Dylan. From that recording contract and on his first album he only released two of his own original songs by the names of Talking New York and Song to Woody however, his album showcased many traditional folk songs and old blues covers such as The Freewillin, Blowing in the wind, A Hard Rain is gonna fall, and Masters of War; a song that Joan Baez sang, in which she eventually took him on tour with her and produced his music. By the year of 1964, he was playing over 200 concerts a year. He played songs like These times are a changen, With God on our sides, and One too many mornings. He met the Beatles that year and made the song Another side of Bob Dylan. According to the Bob Spitz author of The Beatles: The Biography, it was Dylan who first introduced the fab four to marijuana. In 1964 his producer, Tom Wilson, introduced him to Jim McGuinn who was in the band The Byrds. Dylan then wrote the song Mr. Tambourine Man. Both Dylan and The Byrds performed that song. Soon …show more content…
The album reestablished him from being a one-time folk icon to a rock and roll man, winning him three Grammy Awards. He continued with his vigorous touring schedules. In 2000 he recorded the single Things Have Changed in which he received a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song. After winning his awards, he took time out of his music life to give us the story of his personal life in which we received in his chronicles, there were three books in his memoir series that were released in the fall of 2004. He gave us his first full interview in 20 years for a documentary released in 2005 entitled No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, film directed by Martin

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