The musician and poet earned the status of a legend decades ago. His nasal singing and his critical but poetic lyrics are unmistakable. After countless attempts, these ultimately brought him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Bob Dylan celebrated his 80th birthday these days, but despide his age, we consider him to be a formative influence on countless generations of musicians. His last album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, showed that it has still not lost any of its relevance.
The album received praise worldwide and brought Dylan the first number 1 hit of his career in the USA. For six decades now, Bob Dylan has been reinventing himself again and again and he has never showed any interest in conforming to the public image. Whether as a blues, folk or protest singer, he was consistently producing something new. Since the 1960s, the artist has released almost 40 studio albums to the market and he has sold more than a hundred million units of records.
A Living Legend
Songs like The Times They are A-Changin, Like A Rolling Stone and Blowing In The Wind have become an integral part of pop culture. His influence on pop music was groundbreaking; countless artists refer to Dylan’s influence in their own work. His songs also became big hits through numerous cover versions. The best example of this was the Guns’n’Roses version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Dylan always perfectly knew how to give the listener a deep insight into the American soul in his songs. His colleague Leonard Cohen once referred to him as the Picasso of music. He is, without a doubt, one of the last living legends of the music scene.
A Nobel Prize
Five years ago, he again took on a pioneering role. As the first musician in history, Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The jury justified the award with his influence on new poetic forms of expression in the American song tradition. However, he did not react. For a long time, it was not clear whether he would even accept this award. Dylan sent his colleague Patti Smith to attend the award ceremony. Dylan himself skipped the ceremony which has not done any harm to his fame.
Only once did he have to acknowledge that his name does not always open all doors. Bob Dylan is known for visiting the residences of well-known musicians as Neil Young or John Lennon. One night he was picked up by a police officer in New Jersey. The man, Bob Dylan, in the black hooded cloak had struck the officer as strange. The policeman asked for a name, and the answer was Bob Dylan. When he asked about the man’s occupation, he said he was a musician. The star had to go to the police station, where the police cleared up the misunderstanding. Dylan never made a statement, but fans believe he wanted to visit Bruce Springsteen’s residence nearby that night. In the end, Bob Dylan never heard from lawyers.