Saluting the master

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

Legendary singer, songwriter and musician, Bob Dylan was recently honoured with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House by President Barack Obama.

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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