Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman May 24, 1941), is an American singer-songwriter, writer, and artist who has influenced popular music and culture for more than five decades. Dylan has especially played a critical role in the American folk music revival.
Dylan’s songs are built from myriad political, social, philosophical and literary influences. Many of his anti-war and civil-rights-influenced songs set social unrest, as journalists widely named him the “spokesman for his generation” in the 1960s.
The musician has a signature change in voice and style in many different albums of his throughout the decades. He has notably explored and experimented with the genres of folk, rap, blues, and rock.
Bob Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also played over 2,000 live shows, and is currently on a “Never Ending Tour” that is still going on since 1988. In 2016, Dylan became the first songwriter to be awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature.