Bob Dylan celebrates his successful career with a tour across the U.S.

A former Minnesotan, Bob Dylan commemorates his past musical hits as he tours America.


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Bob Dylan is an acclaimed singer songwriter who has made a tremendous impact on the musical world.

Henry Quant, Staff Writer

Bob Dylan has been a musical sensation since the early 60’s when his career took off as a folk singer from Duluth, Minnesota. He grew up in a tightly-knit Jewish community and spent most of his time listening to music on the radio. As a student at Hibbing High School, he joined multiple bands, until he enrolled at the University of Minnesota. While studying at the University of Minnesota, he started performing at coffee houses in Dinkytown. Because of his performances, he dropped out of college in 1960 and moved to NYC to pursue his music career.

Bob Dylan released his first hit song “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1963 after he wrote it in just ten minutes in 1962. He recorded the song just a few weeks after being written in 1962. During the 1960s, Dylan was very involved in the civil rights movement. He wrote one of his biggest songs, “Like a Rolling Stones” in 1965 and peaked the UK leaderboards as number one.

Bob Dylan accepted the Nobel Prize in 2016. He was awarded the medal “for having created new poetic expression within the great American song tradition.” Bob Dylan has been setting the tone for folk music since he began, paving a new way for people to set their own trends and find their own way to express themselves through music. Along with the Nobel Prize, he has been awarded countless other prestigious awards, such as a Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Bob Dylan “Trouble No More” tour was begun by famous civil rights activist Mavis Staples telling her story through song of the marches she went through with Martin Luther King Jr., and the songs they would sing while marching. She told the story of her father, who wrote one of the most famous song during the civil rights era. “Freedom Highway”, was written by Mavis Staples father, Roebuck Staples, in 1965.

Throughout his tour, Bob Dylan has been getting complaints because of his changes he makes to some of his most famous songs. It is reasonable that he may want to change the songs he has been playing constantly at concerts and performances for the past fifty years. The only problem with this, though, is that he never said anything about it. “Blowin’ in the Wind” was one of the most awaited songs, but it was impossible to know that that’s what was being played because of the changes he made.  He just went straight into the song, and it took all the way to the chorus to realize that he was playing “Blowin’ in the Wind”.