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Music icon Robert Alan Zimmerman 1941- aka Bob Dylan was born on this day in in Hibbing Minnesota With supreme instinct and genius the singer-songwriter altered the course of popular music from the minute he started strumming his guitar in Greenwich Village in the 60s One of Dylans many gifts to rock-and-roll was intellectual credibility With Dylan lyrics became tools of self-expression He inspired others to open up and speak their minds about the things that mattered most to them To look at pressing social issues to make the lyrics poetic to make the message complex To stay true to yourself Bob Dylan ironically shaped the course of popular music by mistake Even before the Beatles the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys a creative and new style was introduced by this young wandering musician Since beginning his career in 1960 he has been a poet a political activist a musician and a mystery His songs drew upon every style of American music including rock and roll blues gospel folk and country Dylans life as a singer-songwriter captured the publics attention from a time of mass confusion until today opening up the expressive possibilities of rockComposing over 100s of songs performing worldwide including Woodstock 1969 following his own path and believing in his own causes Dylan has become an idol young artists everywhere can admire Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24 1941 in Duluth Minnesota to Beatrice and Abraham Zimmerman Dylan was soon to move to Hibbing in 1947 It like many other small towns felt the optimism prosperity and conformism that followed WWII Hibbing became more directly touched by national events with the onset of radio movies and television By the mid 1950s it too felt the social tensions that were rolling across the country especially with Senator Joesph McCarthy accusing innocent americans of being communists Meanwhile the civil rights movement was gaining momentum In 1954 after the case of
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