Happy Birthday Bob Dylan, 65 today. You were born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, and became the shaggy-haired guitar and harmonica playing icon revered by millions. You came on the scene in the 1960s and established yourself as the voice for American unrest, the anti-war and the civil rights movements with songs like “The Times They are A-Changin’” and “Blowing in the Wind.”
In a unique way your music combined folk, politics, social commentary, and literature, expanding pop music’s boundaries. After listening to your “Freewheelin” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’” album the Beatles realized that entire albums of boy-meets-girl songs were now outdated. Because of you things were never the same.
You continue to write songs and tour to this day and in 2004 “Chronicles Vol. 1” the first part of your autobiography was released to wide acclaim. Your place in American and European culture is unique, but you are specifically known as the measuring stick for songwriting.