[2014] Rachel Burns (World History): Bob Dylan

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[2014] Rachel Burns (World History): Bob Dylan

He was influenced by early rock stars such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.

Born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.Birth name was Robert Allen Zimmerman.Parents were Abraham and Beatty Zimmerman.

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"The Times They are A-Changin'" established Dylan's role as a protest singer and songwriter for the 60s protest movement. The song was the featured piece of the 1964 album, "The Times They are A-Changin'." The song was actually written the year before when Dylan was drawing out of politics.

Dylan became one of the activist singers for the civil rights movement in the spring of 1961. The decision to actually partake in the movement was made for him by his girlfriend, Suze Rotolo, who was the duaghter of union organizers and was also a volunteer for the Congress of Racial Equality.

Bob Dylan

Bob plays for tips on a New York City building roof. Gigs like this would eventually be the professional beginning to his career.

Dylan's most active year (1963) in the Civil Rights movement also was his year of political disenchantment. He despised the fact that the white movement managers expected him to be their poster-boy. He thought the position they gave him was hypocritical and Dylan did not want to take the role.

Bob Dylan quickly became one the most influencial musicians in the twentieth century. He helped shape modern music and culture. He was an inspiration to many iconic musicians such as the Beatles, Jimmi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Joan Boaz and so many others.

A few weeks after the tragic and brutal death of Emmitt Till, who was fourteen years old at the time he passed, Bob wrote a song about him that is considered Dylan's very first 'protest song'.

"I accept chaos. I am not sure whether or not it accepts me..."~Bob Dylan

Dylan rocording his first album in 1962 titled, "Bob Dylan".

Writing the music for the album, "Highway 61 Revisited".


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