Date of Birth
Place of Birth
(St. Louis County, United States of America, Minnesota)
United States of America
Also know as
Robert Zimmerman, Blind Boy Grunt, Robert Allen Zimmerman, Boy Dylan, Jack Frost, Bob Allen Zimmerman, Bobby Zimmerman, Sergei Petrov, Lucky Wilbury, Bobby, The Voice of Protest, The Bard, Zimmy, The Voice of a Generation, Zimbo, Elston Gunnn, Bob Landy, Robert Milkwood Thomas, Tedham Porterhouse, Boo Wilbury
Author, Poet, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Musician, Peace activist, Actor, Record producer, Lyricist, Artist, Film Score Composer, Writer, Disc jockey
- How many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned?
- How does it feel?
- You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past -- whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.
- Maybe in the 90s or possibly in the next century people will look upon the 80s as the age of masturbation, when it was taken to the limit; that might be all that's going on right now in a big way.
- Despite everybody who has been born and has died, the world has just gone on. I mean, look at Napoleon --but we went right on. Look at Harpo Marx --the world went around, it didn't stop for a second. It's sad but true. John Kennedy, right?
- People today are still living off the table scraps of the sixties. They are still being passed around -- the music and the ideas.
- People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
- She opened up a book of poems and handed it to me written by an Italian poet from the 13th century and every one of them words rang true and glowed like burning coal pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul from me to you.
- Although the masters make the rules for the wise men and the fools, I've got nothing, Ma, to live up to.
- This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.
- Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
- To live outside the law, you must be honest.
- All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.
- In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.
- A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.
- Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!
- I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
- Well, I don't know, but I've been told the streets in heaven are lined with gold. I ask you how things could get much worse if the Russians happen to get up there first; Wowee! pretty scary!
- Money doesn't talk, it swears.
- Don't matter how much money you got, there's only two kinds of people: there's saved people and there's lost people.
- Democracy don't rule the world, you better get that in your head; this world is ruled by violence, but I guess that's better left unsaid.
- He who is not busy being born is busy dying.
- I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.
- For them that think death's honesty won't fall upon them naturally life sometimes must get lonely.
- Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.
- I've been up the mountain and I had a choice. Should I come down? So I came down. God said, Okay, you've been up on the mountain, now you go down. You're on your own, free. Check in later, but now you're on your own.
- I am against nature. I don't dig nature at all. I think nature is very unnatural. I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can't touch with decay.
- But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.
- Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, Bob, why are you resisting me? I said, I'm not resisting you! He said, You gonna follow me? I said, I've never thought about that before! He said, When you're not following me, you're resisting me.
- I like Henry Miller. I think he's the greatest American writer
Bob Dylan is an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of Dylan's early songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems for the US civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the culture of the folk music revival, Dylan's six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone" radically altered the parameters of popular music in 1965. His recordings employing electric instruments attracted denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.
Dylan's lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American songâ€”from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered his songwriting.