About Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. He was raised in the mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota. His real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman. He got the name Dylan from a famous poet named Dylan Thomas.
The Times They Were a Changin'
Bob Dylan is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He is one of the most important people in popular music history.
Bob spent his childhood listening to the radio. He mostly listened to blues and country music. He learned to play the guitar and harmonica when he was a teenager. Not long after, Bob moved to New York City and was ready to make his mark on the world of Folk Music. He was only 20 years old.
Folk is a type of music played mostly using acoustic instruments. This means the instruments don't plug in to amplifiers to make them loud. The songs are often about the rights of the people and freedom. Folk music was very popular when Bob was growing up and learning to play guitar.
Bob worked very hard to be successful. In New York he began playing in folk clubs and coffeehouses around Greenwich Village. People liked him a lot and his concerts became very popular and crowded. In 1962 he made his first record. Back then musicians recorded their music on records. His first record was simply called "Bob Dylan." It didn't catch on right away.