Bob Dylan, singer, song writer, painter and poet, is one of the most influential figures in music and culture of the 20th century. Dylan’s influence on music and culture is mostly attributed to his voice and lyrics. The power of his voice and lyrics are at their best in his famous songs: ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ and ‘The Times They Are a-Changin‘. These songs became anthems of the US Civil Rights and Anti-war movements.
Early songs of Bob Dylan had impressions of folk culture. He not only adopted the folk music of the early 60s but also infused it with intellectualism of classic poetry and literature. In 1988, Bob Dylan went on his famous Never Ending Tour which still continues and plays around 100 shows every year. The tour stopped for eight years when Dylan crashed his motorbike and withdrew from the public. He played his 2000th show of the Never Ending Tour on October 16, 2007, in Dayton, Ohio.
Time Magazine describes Bob Dylan as ‘master poet, caustic social critic and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation’ ranking him among the most important people of the century. Besides, socio-political impact of his songs, Dylan’s music has influenced several musical genres because of his lyrics, verbal expressions, spirituality and earnestness.
As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has won several accolades including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards. His name has also been included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.