Saluting the master

May 31, 2012, 06:31 IST | Special Features

CS looks at the artist’s life as he bags the highest civilian honour in the US:

>> Bob Dylan, an American artist, was born as Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941.

>> His songs in the 1960s, like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin”, became anthems for many in the US civil rights and anti-war movements.

>> Bob’s lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences.

>> Since 1994, Bob has published three books of drawings and paintings.

>> In August 1962, he legally changed his name to Bob Dylan, and signed a management contract with Albert Grossman who remained Bob’s manager until 1970.

>> Bob dropped out of college at the end of his freshman year. In January 1961, he travelled to New York, hoping to perform and visit his musical idol Woody Guthrie.

>> In July, 1966, Bob crashed his 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle near his Woodstock home, New York, breaking several vertebrae in his neck. Apart from a few select appearances, Bob did not tour for almost eight years after that. 

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