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Is it fair to call a rose a mere flower The answer is obviously no The rose in its beauty and essence is far more than a mere flower And by this same comparison it is not fair to call Bob Dylan a mere musician a mere artist or even a mere god Bob Dylan is a man of whose knowledge and power raises the proverbial bar against which all other men compare It is unfair to allow Bob Dylan to be characterized the way other men are He is not just a son of Minnesota an American icon of 1960s folk-rock music and the creator of perhaps the greatest song of protest of his era Blowin in the Wind no while Bob Dylan is all of these things he is much much more Born in Duluth he spent his growing-up years in Hibbing Minnesota where he was known as Bob Zimmerman Starting out at coffee houses and other venues around the campus of the University of Minnesota he shaped his art and soon moved on to the national stage where he joined Joan Baez and other notable folksingers of the era His contributions to American music and his society have received national and international recognition and awards His music is sung and heard the world over To summarize who Bob Dylan is one must first look at Bob Dylans music And Bob Dylan was a lot more than a singer of protest songs While thats how he started he soon revealed a lyrical and musical talent that were far more developed than in any other folk-singer of his or any previous generation Bob Dylan was the single most influential musician of the 1960s He started the fire He turned music into a form of mass communication He galvanized a generation through folk songs that became anthems The entire world of rock music followed his every step When Dylan went electric everybody
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