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Jam with the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band at these historic stops from their rambling musical journey.

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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In 1965 while performing on Carnaby Street, known as 'the heart of swinging London,' Dylan met his wife Sara Lowndes. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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At an open-air concert in Bologna, Italy, on September 27, 1997, Bob Dylan performed for Pope John Paul II. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

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Elvis on Beale Street
Elvis on Beale Street

Elvis on Beale Street

Beale Street
The King of Rock N’ Roll puts on a perpetual show for Memphis’ Beale Street, where a young Elvis would wander, listening to blues and gospel music emanating from the restaurants and bars.
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Sun Studio

Sun Studio

Sun Studio
In the summer of 1953, 18-year-old Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio with the cheap guitar his parents bought him from a hardware store for his 11th birthday. He paid about $4 to record 2 songs, excited to hear the sound of his own voice for the first time. Sun Studio’s owner, Sam Phillips, later paired Elvis with 2 local musicians to record his first single. An “x” now marks the spot on the floor where the King recorded his first record.
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Lauderdale Courts

Lauderdale Courts

Lauderdale Courts
In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved from Tupelo, MS to Memphis in search of a better life. They lived in this low-income housing project until 1952, where they paid $35 per month in rent. Elvis would practice in the basement laundry room and play music for residents in the communal courtyard. For the full Elvis experience, visitors can now stay overnight in “The Elvis Suite,” the Presley’s former home.
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462 Alabama
In 1955 the Presley family moved into an apartment at 462 Alabama – right across the street from Lauderdale Courts.
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Graceland

Graceland

Graceland
In 1957, after a year of incredible record sales and a box office hit (Love Me Tender), Elvis bought Graceland for $102,500. He moved in with his parents and grandmother. Today, the King’s former residence is the most popular tourist attraction in Memphis and one of the most visited houses in the US.
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Home of the Blues

Home of the Blues

Home of the Blues Record Store
Elvis' hometown record shop. DJ Dewey, the man who first played Elvis' record on the radio, worked here.
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Humes High School

Humes High School

Humes High School
Elvis was the first in his family to finish high school, and by his senior year he had already nailed down his signature look: slicked back hair, sideburns, and bright, flashy clothes.
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Hearbreak Hotel

Hearbreak Hotel

Heartbreak Hotel
Named after Presley's first #1 single, the Heartbreak Hotel in Memphis was designed to emulate the style of the King himself.
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Loews State Theatre

Loews State Theatre

Loews State Theatre
Elvis' first job was at the Loews State Theatre, where he worked as an usher.
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Overton Park Shell

Overton Park Shell

Overton Park Shell
Elvis was first paid to perform on July 30, 1954 at the Overton Park Shell. He was so nervous that he started to shake his leg to the music, causing the crowd to go wild.
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Arcade Restaurant

Arcade Restaurant

Arcade Restaurant
Even after becoming famous Elvis would hang out at the Arcade Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Memphis. To really channel your inner King, plop down on the very same booth cushions that Presley would sit on while sipping his malts.
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