Bob Dylan

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Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.

People have different emotional levels. Especially when you're young.

I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.

I change during the course of a day. I wake and I'm one person, and when I go to sleep I know for certain I'm somebody else.

I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.

I define nothing. Not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.

Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there's no fitting into it now.

All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie.

Some formulas are too complex and I don't want anything to do with them.

I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet.

To live outside the law, you must be honest.

Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.

Death to me means nothing as long as I can die fast.

Money doesn't talk, it swears.

Details (largely from Wikipedia)

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer. He was brought up in Hibbing, Minnesota, which is almost in Canada. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements. Leaving behind his initial base in the American folk music revival, his six-minute single "Like a Rolling Stone", recorded in 1965 with The Band, enlarged the range of popular music. Dylan's mid-1960s recordings, backed by rock musicians, reached the top end of the United States music charts while also attracting denunciation and criticism from others in the folk movement.

Dylan's lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performances of Little Richard and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning more than 50 years, has explored the traditions in American song—from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and the Great American Songbook. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing lineup of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but songwriting is considered his greatest contribution.

Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards.

He is most remarkable for his continual reinvention of himself, particularly when he switched from being a folk “prophet” to rock music. His lyrics made an indelible mark on the history of popular music – deepening the language and broadening the possibilities of music, and opening the door to self-expression and political expression for thousands if not millions of people.

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