Bob Dylan: Musical Revolutionist

By Jeni Nugent

Childhood:


  • Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Raised by mother with four other siblings
  • The family moved to nearby Hibbing, sometimes referred to as the coldest place in the United States
  • Hibbing contained a small but close-knit Jewish community.
  • He ran away from his home at ages 10-18
  • He started writing poems at 8 years old, and was playing the piano and writing songs by the age of 10

Obstacles:

-College dropout

-Moving up in the music business

-Motorcycle accident

-Criticism from the public for his music

Overcoming Obstacles:

- Used his loss of interest in school to dedicate himself to music

-Dylan approached Romney, an entertainment director, at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village in New York about the possibility of performing and began appearing regularly

-Bob Dylan continued working on songs while staying at home with his family

-Used his music as a message and revolutionist movement

Accomplishments:

-Grammy Awards: won 10, nominated for 37

-Academy Awards: won 1, nominated for 1

-Golden Globe: won 1, nominated for 1

-6 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

-5 Grammy Hall of Fame

-A part of 2 bands