I grew up learning the guitar and being inspired by American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer Robert Allen Zimmerman, aka, Bob Dylan. Dylan is the reason I played the coffee house circuit during college and found my way into the musical venues of Greenwich Village, such as The Gaslight Café (which on some nights was locked down because a young and reclusive Bob Dylan was in attendance), The Bitter End (where Dylan performed with Patti Smith) and the Village Gate (Dylan wrote “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” in 1962 in Chip Monck’s apartment in the basement of this building).
Dylan has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades with his most celebrated works coming out of the 1960s with such social unrest anthems as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.'”
Bob Dylan’s musical legacy includes selling more than 100 million records, 11 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dylan was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for his “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Among his other notable honors are the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Dylan’s lyrics defined a generation and musically crossed all generations. He speaks to the hearts of everyone who yearns to pursue his or her destiny:
“What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.” —Bob Dylan
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