Bob Dylan

By: McKenzie Milstead & Michael Pullen

Early Life

  • Born May 24, 1941
  • Grew up in Minnesota
  • Fairly normal, middle class childhood
  • After starting a singing career at age 19 in 1960 he had a recording deal 2 years later
  • Was so successful so fast due to his voice
  • Sang folk and blues standards
  • Formed a rock and roll band called the Golden Chords as a freshman in high school
  • Dropped out of the University Of Minnesota
  • Moved to New York to meet his idol, Woody Guthrie


  • Arguably the most influential singer ever
  • Reinvented the folk music genre
  • Known for his trademark nasal vocals and scores of compositions
  • Inspired by Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and Hank Williams Sr. to play the guitar
  • Actors James Dean, Marlon Brando helped from his attitude
  • Met the Beatles in New York
  • Paul McCartney said that he got the Beatles onto marijuana

Time Period: 1960

  • Called the turbulent decade because of amazing events happening
  • Inner city riots
  • Assassinations of several important leaders
  • John F. Kennedy had just become president
  • Cold- War in Eastern Europe and Cuba
  • Nuclear war between U.S. and Soviet Union
  • J.F.K. killed in 1963
  • 1964-Civils Rights Act
  • 1965-Voting Rights Act
  • Many laws in the South discriminating African Americans
  • Africans Americans start to fight back to discrimination with Martin Luther King Jr.
  • first man to walk on the moon in 1969

Their Music

  • He tried to combine folk and rock music
  • Played harmonica and guitar
  • Won an award for the song "Thing Have Changed"(2000)
  • "Blowin' in the Wind"(1963)
  • "Subterranean Homesick Blues"(1965)
  • "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964)
  • " Like a Rolling Stone"(1965)
  • "Mr. Tambourine Man"(1965)
  • " Rainy Day Woman # 12 35"(1966)
  • "Just Like a Woman"(1966)
  • "Lay Lady Lay"(1969)
  • "Knockin' on Heavens' Door(1973)
  • "Tangled Up in Blue"(1975)
  • "Last Thoughts on Woody Gurthie"(1963)
  • "Maggie's Farm"(1965)
  • "All Along the Watchtower"(1967)
  • "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"(1965)
  • Album: "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (1964)
  • By 1965 he was a rock star

Interesting Facts

  • Real name is Robert Allan Zimmerman
  • In 1965 Bob Dylan was a household name
  • Refused to stay in one place
  • Received 11 Grammy Awards, 1 Academy Award, and 1 Golden Globe Award
  • Was Inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988
  • Came up with his first album name called "Song for Woody"(March 1962)
  • Fourth album released in 1964
  • "Mr. Tambourine Man" makes number one on Billboard's singles chart-first and only song to do so (June 26, 1965)