Trace the footsteps of one of the most influential and award-winning lyricists of all time, Robert Allen Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan.
One of the most influential and award-winning lyricists of all time, Robert Allen Zimmerman, a.k.a. Bob Dylan, was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. This is the Duluth South Breakwater Outer Lighthouse on Lake Superior.
During the short time that he attended college at the University of Minneapolis, Dylan was introduced to Bound for Glory, the autobiography by Woody Guthrie. Dylan traveled to New York City to befriend Guthrie, who became a huge influence on Dylan's early musical career.
In 1961 just as Dylan was starting his music career, he performed at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. He was soon discovered by producer John Hammond, who signed him to his first recording contract.
Around the time Dylan's third album, The Times They Are a-Changin, was released, he was very active in the civil rights movement. He performed with Joan Baez on August 28, 1963, during the March on Washington.
In 1965 while performing on Carnaby Street, known as 'the heart of swinging London,' Dylan met his wife Sara Lowndes.
In 1970 after the release of albums Self Portrait and New Morning and the birth of his son Jakob, Dylan moved with his wife, Sara, and his other children to MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, NY. This is the Washington Square Arch in Greenwich Village.
Bob received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Princeton in 1970. Dylan has also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, as well as being nominated numerous times for a Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 1982 Dylan performed at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California with Joan Baez at the 'Peace Sunday' concert. Dylan had met Baez at the Monterey Folk Festival early in his career. He later performed as a guest at several of her concerts in the 1960s.
The super group known as the Traveling Wilbury's consisted of legendary musicians Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne and George Harrison. The band recorded two albums at Dylan's home studio in Malibu, CA, between 1988 and 1990. Roy Orbison passed away before the second album was recorded.
Bob Dylan performs at the Arkansas Blue Jean Bash, a send-off event for President-Elect Bill Clinton 3 days before his inauguration in 1993.
Although Dylan was living in Woodstock in 1969, he was unable to perform at the legendary event due to the hospitalization of one of his children. However, in 1994, Dylan performed at Woodstock 2 in Saugerties, NY, the hometown of Dylan's band, The Band.
Considered one of his most memorable concerts, Dylan performed on top of a mountain in Ischgl, Austria. Eight thousand fans were carried 7,000-feet via ski lift to see the performance.
At an open-air concert in Bologna, Italy, on September 27, 1997, Bob Dylan performed for Pope John Paul II.
In 1987 Bob Dylan returned to his religious roots by playing his first-ever concert at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv, Israel. 'The Never Ending Tour' will continue this summer when Dylan returns to perform in Israel on June 20, 2011.