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May 24, 1941: Bob Dylan is born in Duluth, Minnesota. His birth name is Robert Allen Zimmerman.

October 1959: Using the stage name Bob Dylan, the former Robert Zimmerman performs as a folksinger at the Ten O’Clock Scholar, a Minneapolis coffeehouse.

January 24, 1961: Bob Dylan arrives in New York City, performing a few songs this same night at a hoot night at the Cafe Wha? Dylan had relocated here in order to visit his idol, Woody Guthrie, who lay dying in a New Jersey hospital.

April 11, 1961: Having impressed folk-scene gatekeeper and mainstay Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan performs at Gerde’s Folk City, in New York’s Greenwich Village.

March 19, 1962: Bob Dylan’s self-titled first album, produced by John Hammond, is released on Columbia Records. Its highlight is Dylan’s “Song for Woody.”

April 12, 1963: Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert, at New York City’s Town Hall. He concludes with a poem, “Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie.”

September 7, 1963: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, the singer/songwriter’s second album, enters Billboard’s album chart, where it will peak at #22.

January 13, 1964: Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ is released. It is his first completely self-composed album, and the prophetic title track is a highlight.

August 8, 1964: Bob Dylan’s fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan, is released. Marking a turn towards more personal material, it includes “Chimes of Freedom,” “My Back Pages” and “Spanish Harlem Incident.”

August 28, 1964: Bob Dylan and the Beatles meet in a New York hotel room. According to Paul McCartney, Dylan turned the Fab Four on to marijuana for the first time.

March 1965: Bringing It All Back Home, by Bob Dylan, his half-electric and half-acoustic fifth album, is released. It includes “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Maggie’s Farm” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

April 3, 1965: “Subterranean Homesick Blues” becomes Bob Dylan’s first Top Forty single, reaching #39 for one week.

June 26, 1965: The Byrds’ recording of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” reaches #1 on Billboard’s singles chart. It is the first and only #1 hit penned by Dylan.

July 25, 1965: Bob Dylan is booed for “going electric” at the Newport Folk Festival when he is backed by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and keyboardists Barry Goldberg and Al Kooper.

August 1965: Highway 61 Revisited, by Bob Dylan, is released. Featuring keyboardist Al Kooper and guitarist Mike Bloomfield, it is his first all-electric album. It includes “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Desolation Row” and “Like a Rolling Stone.”

May 1966: Bob Dylan’s double-album classic, Blonde on Blonde, is released. Recorded in Nashville with session musicians, along with stalwart Dylan accompanists Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper, it yields such classics as “I Want You,” “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” “Just Like a Woman” and “Visions of Johanna.”

May 17, 1966: Bob Dylan performs with the Hawks (better known as The Band) at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. This electrifying concert becomes a popular bootleg, erroneously titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. It is officially released as Live 1966, the fourth volume in Dylan’s Bootleg Series, in 1998.

May 21, 1966: “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” by Bob Dylan, peaks at #2 on Billboard’s singles chart.

July 29, 1966: Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near Woodstock, New York. During his recovery he casually records new material with The Band. Selections from the roughly 100 songs they laid down are released, nearly ten years later, as The Basement Tapes.

March 10, 1967: Woody Guthrie dies of Huntington’s Chorea at the age of 55. Dylan will perform at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concerts, at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the following January.

March 27, 1967: Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits is issued while the artist is out of commission. It becomes his best-selling album and was, in 2001, certified five times platinum (5 million copies sold) by the RIAA.

December 1967: Bob Dylan releases John Wesley Harding, an album of apocalyptic folks songs recorded with country musicians in Nashville. Among them are “All Along the Watchtower,” which Jimi Hendrix will recast in a rock arrangement.

April 9, 1969: Bob Dylan releases his most unabashedly country-sounding record, Nashville Skyline, which yields the Top Ten hit “Lay Lady Lay.”

June 9, 1970: Bob Dylan receives an honorary doctorate from Princeton University.

November 1970: Bob Dylan’s New Morning is released only four months after Self-Portrait. It is a return to form for Dylan after the poorly received double album that preceded it.

October 27, 1973: “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” by Bob Dylan, peaks at #12 on Billboard’s singles chart. It is the highlight of Dylan’s soundtrack to the film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.

February 17, 1974: Planet Waves, Bob Dylan’s first #1 album – and only studio album during a brief hiatus with Asylum Records - tops the charts for the first of five weeks.

March 1, 1975: Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks reaches #1 on Billboard’s album chart for the first of two weeks. It also produces a hit single: “Tangled Up in Blue” (#31)

October 30, 1975: Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue Tour commences in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

February 7, 1976: Desire, by Bob Dylan, tops Billboard’s album chart for the first of five weeks. It also yields two charting singles: “Hurricane” (#33) and “Mozambique” (#54).

January 25, 1978: Renaldo & Clara, filmed during Bob Dylan’s rambling Rolling Thunder Revue, is released to scathing reviews. The nearly four-hour film had been edited down from 80 hours of tour footage.

August 1979: Slow Train Coming, the first of three Christian-themed albums by Bob Dylan, is released. It is coproduced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett and features Mark Knopfler (of Dire Straits) on guitar.

October 20, 1979: Bob Dylan appears on Saturday Night Live, performing “Gotta Serve Somebody” and two other songs.

March 15, 1982: Bob Dylan is inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Dylan wryly notes: “I think it’s pretty amazing, really, because I can’t read or write a note of music.”

November 1, 1983: Bob Dylan releases Infidels, coproduced with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. Memorable tracks include “Jokerman” and “Sweetheart Like You.”

June 8, 1985: Empire Burlesque, by Bob Dylan, is released. Curiously, it is mixed by dance-music producer Arthur Baker.

September 22, 1985: Bob Dylan participates at the first Farm Aid concert, a yearly event that was inspired by a comment he made from the stage at the Live Aid concert.

December 7, 1985: Biograph, a 53-track compilation of highlights and rarities spanning Bob Dylan’s career, is released. Selling strongly for a box set, it reaches #33 on the album chart.

October 5, 1987: During a concert in Locarno, Switzerland, Bob Dylan experiences a personal epiphany concerning live performing, laying the groundwork for his Never Ending Tour.

January 20, 1988: Bob Dylan is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 3rd annual induction dinner. Bruce Springsteen is his presenter.

February 25, 1988: Time Out of Mind, by Bob Dylan, wins Album of the Year at the 40th annual Grammy Awards. He also wins Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Cold Iron Bounds.” These are the first Grammy Awards of his career.

October 18, 1988: Volume One, by the Traveling Wilburys, is released. This anonymous supergroup comprises Nelson Wilbury (George Harrison), Lucky Wilbury (Bob Dylan), Lefty Wilbury (Roy Orbison), Otis Wilbury (Jeff Lynne) and Charlie T. Wilbury, Jr. (Tom Petty). The album is a hit, reaching #3 and selling more than 3 million copies.

September 1989: Oh Mercy, by Bob Dylan, is released. Recorded in New Orleans with Louisiana musicians, it includes “Political World” and “Everything Is Broken.”

February 20, 1991: Bob Dylan receives the Lifetime Achievement Grammy. In his brief acceptance speech, he quotes his father: “You know, it’s possible to become so defiled in this world that your own father and mother will abandon you, and if that happens,

God will always believe in your ability to mend your ways.”

October 16, 1992: An all-star gathering of musicians pays tribute to Bob Dylan to mark his 30th anniversary as a recording artist. An edited version of the marathon-length Madison Square Garden concert is released in audio and video formats.

November 3, 1993: Good as I Been to You, an album of old folk and blues songs by Bob Dylan, is released. it is his first solo acoustic recording since Another Side of Bob Dylan in 1964.

October 26, 1993: World Gone Wrong, Bob Dylan’s 40th album – and second set of traditional folk songs in a row – is released.

December 7, 1997: Bob Dylan is honored at the Kennedy Center. Dylan, actress Lauren Bacall, actor Charlton Heston, singer Jessye Norman and ballet dancer Edward Villella are recognized for making “significant and lasting contributions to the performing arts. They have been instrumental in uplifting the hearts and spirit of the American people.”

May 24, 2001: Bob Dylan turns 60.

September 11, 2001: Bob Dylan’s Love and Theft is released the same day that religious extremists attack the U.S. using hijacked airplanes.

February 27, 2002: Love and Theft, by Bob Dylan, wins Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 44th annual Grammy Awards.

August 19, 2003: Fifteen of Bob Dylan’s albums are released in the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) format, representing a significant sonic upgrade of Dylan’s catalog. The titles are available individually or as a box set.

September 26, 2005: No Direction Home, a Bob Dylan documentary produced by Martin Scorsese, debuts on PBS.

August 29, 2006: Modern Times, by Bob Dylan, is released. It debuts at #1 on Billboard’s album chart.

February 11, 2007: Bob Dylan’s Modern Times wins Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album at the 49th annual Grammy Awards.

November 21, 2007: I’m Not There, a film that imagines the life and times of Bob Dylan, opens in U.S. theaters. A half-dozen actors (including Cate Blanchett) represent different phases of Dylan’s career.

April 7, 2008: Bob Dylan is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, making him the first rock and roll musician to be accorded this high journalistic honor.

Essential Songs

Like a Rolling Stone

Mr. Tambourine Man
Tangled Up in Blue
Visions of Johanna
Masters of War
Blowin’ in the Wind
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
The Times They Are A-Changing
Highway 61 Revisited
Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Like A Rolling Stone

by Bob Dylan

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street
And now you find out you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to make a deal?
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal.

How does it feel

How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things
But you'd better lift your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.
How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
Mr. Tambourine Man

by Bob Dylan

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand,
Vanished from my hand,
Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping.
My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet,
I have no one to meet
And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship,

My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip,
My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
To be wanderin'.
I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,
I promise to go under it.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
Though you might hear laughin', spinnin', swingin' madly across the sun,
It's not aimed at anyone, it's just escapin' on the run
And but for the sky there are no fences facin'.
And if you hear vague traces of skippin' reels of rhyme
To your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind,
I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're
Seein' that he's chasing.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.
Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

Tangled Up In Blue

by Bob Dylan

Early one mornin' the sun was shinin',
I was layin' in bed
Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all
If her hair was still red.
Her folks they said our lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama's homemade dress
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough.
And I was standin' on the side of the road
Rain fallin' on my shoes
Heading out for the East Coast
Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through,
Tangled up in blue.
She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam, I guess,
But I used a little too much force.
We drove that car as far as we could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best.
She turned around to look at me
As I was walkin' away
I heard her say over my shoulder,
"We'll meet again someday on the avenue,"
Tangled up in blue.
I had a job in the great north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But I never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell.
So I drifted down to New Orleans
Where I happened to be employed
Workin' for a while on a fishin' boat
Right outside of Delacroix.
But all the while I was alone
The past was close behind,
I seen a lot of women
But she never escaped my mind, and I just grew
Tangled up in blue.
She was workin' in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer,
I just kept lookin' at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear.
And later on as the crowd thinned out
I's just about to do the same,
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, "Don't I know your name?"
I muttered somethin' underneath my breath,
She studied the lines on my face.
I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe,
Tangled up in blue.
She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe
"I thought you'd never say hello," she said
"You look like the silent type."
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century.
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
Tangled up in blue.
I lived with them on Montague Street
In a basement down the stairs,
There was music in the cafes at night
And revolution in the air.
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of him died.
She had to sell everything she owned
And froze up inside.
And when finally the bottom fell out
I became withdrawn,
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on like a bird that flew,
Tangled up in blue.
So now I'm goin' back again,
I got to get to her somehow.
All the people we used to know
They're an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenter's wives.
Don't know how it all got started,
I don't know what they're doin' with their lives.
But me, I'm still on the road
Headin' for another joint
We always did feel the same,
We just saw it from a different point of view,
Tangled up in blue.
Simple Twist Of Fate

by Bob Dylan

They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark,
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones.
'Twas then he felt alone and wished that he'd gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate.
They walked along by the old canal
A little confused, I remember well
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burnin' bright.
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train
Moving with a simple twist of fate.
A saxophone someplace far off played
As she was walkin' by the arcade.
As the light bust through a beat-up shade where he was wakin' up,
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate.
He woke up, the room was bare
He didn't see her anywhere.
He told himself he didn't care, pushed the window open wide,
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate.
He hears the ticking of the clocks
And walks along with a parrot that talks,
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailers all come in.
Maybe she'll pick him out again, how long must he wait
Once more for a simple twist of fate.

People tell me it's a sin

To know and feel too much within.
I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring.
She was born in spring, but I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate.
Visions Of Johanna

by Bob Dylan

Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we're all doin' our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin' you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there's nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind
In the empty lot where the ladies play blindman's bluff with the key chain
And the all-night girls they whisper of escapades out on the "D" train
We can hear the night watchman click his flashlight
Ask himself if it's him or them that's really insane
Louise, she's all right, she's just near
She's delicate and seems like the mirror
But she just makes it all too concise and too clear
That Johanna's not here
The ghost of 'lectricity howls in the bones of her face
Where these visions of Johanna have now taken my place
Now, little boy lost, he takes himself so seriously
He brags of his misery, he likes to live dangerously
And when bringing her name up
He speaks of a farewell kiss to me
He's sure got a lotta gall to be so useless and all
Muttering small talk at the wall while I'm in the hall
How can I explain?
Oh, it's so hard to get on
And these visions of Johanna, they kept me up past the dawn

Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial

Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while
But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues
You can tell by the way she smiles
See the primitive wallflower freeze
When the jelly-faced women all sneeze
Hear the one with the mustache say, "Jeeze
I can't find my knees"
Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule
But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel
The peddler now speaks to the countess who's pretending to care for him
Sayin', "Name me someone that's not a parasite and I'll go out and say a prayer for him"
But like Louise always says
"Ya can't look at much, can ya man?"
As she, herself, prepares for him
And Madonna, she still has not showed
We see this empty cage now corrode
Where her cape of the stage once had flowed
The fiddler, he now steps to the road
He writes ev'rything's been returned which was owed
On the back of the fish truck that loads
While my conscience explodes
The harmonicas play the skeleton keys and the rain
And these visions of Johanna are now all that remain
Blowin' In The Wind

by Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,

The answer is blowin' in the wind.
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