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Bob Dylan: Musician, Activist, & Icon

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Bob Dylan is son of Minnesota, an American icon of 1960s folk-rock music, and the creator of perhaps the greatest protest song of his era — Blowin' in the Wind. He followed in the tradition of other great folksingers who protested against unfair and inhuman social conditions. Like them, Dylan helped bring about change in American society through his lyrics, composition, distinctive style, and performance. In the heat of the nation's struggles, he sang in support of the Civil Rights Movement and against the Vietnam War. Born in Duluth, he spent his youth in Hibbing, Minnesota, where he was known as Bob Zimmerman. Starting out at coffee houses and other venues around the campus of the University of Minnesota, he shaped his art and soon moved on to the national stage, where he joined Joan Baez and other notable folksingers. Bob Dylan's contributions to American music and his society have received national and international recognition and awards. His music is sung and heard the world over.

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