The hip folkie who became a spokesperson of the anti-war, protest generation at such an early stage in his career, and has subsequently maintained his popularity, even though he has now moved far away from the powerful political folk music of the 60s for which he was the leading voice. Dylan is one of the greatest icons of post 60s music as a singer/songwriter of dozens of anthemic songs. A gigantic figure with his passion for many genres of music still burning bright; clearly demonstrated in his most recent acclaimed recordings, which began with his collaboration with producer Daniel Lanois on the brilliant Time out of Mind. This was the beginning of a trilogy of superb albums which also includes Love and Theft and Modern Times. Since Time out of Mind, Dylan has re-invented himself as an interpreter of American music and much of his most recent work, especially on Together through Life, draws heavily on folk, country and jazz styles of the 1940's and '50's. The Never Ending Tour continues and not content to rest on his laurels, he has even taken on the roll of DJ with his superb radio show The Theme Time Radio Hour, which reflects classic American Radio shows of the 1950's and invites listeners along while Bob displays his encyclopaedic knowledge of American music genres. He is unquestionably the 20th century’s greatest musical poet; be it folk, blues, country or rock, he nails it all with experience and authority.
Followers: The Byrds, Manfred Mann, John Prine, The Beatles, Donovan, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Roger McGuinn
Influenced By: Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Blind Willie McTell, Odetta, Jesse Fuller, Robert Johnson
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