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A son of Minnesota, an American icon of 1960s folk-rock music, and the creator of perhaps the greatest song of protest of his era - Blowin' In the Wind - Bob Dylan followed in the tradition of other great folk singers who protested against unfair and inhuman social conditions. Like them, he 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 growing-up years 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 folk singers of the era. Dylan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, and his contributions to American music and his society have received national and international recognition and awards, including multiple Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. His music is sung and heard the world over.

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