Dylan, Bob

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Dylan, Bob Gender: M
Robert Allen Zimmerman
born on 24 May 1941 at 21:05 (= 9:05 PM )
Place Duluth, Minnesota, 46n47, 92w06
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 03°31' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 21°31 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 20°20'

Bob Dylan (with Joan Baez, 1963)
photo: Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz, license cc-by-2.0


American musician, songwriter and poet, called the Robert Burns of the pop revolution, and the most influential figure in the history of rock outside of Elvis Presley with over 36 albums and 300 songs. Dylan's iconoclastic work earned him the unofficial title of The Voice of the '60s, through "Blowin' in the Wind," "A Hard Rain Gonna Fall," "It Ain't Me Babe," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Don't think Twice, it's All Right," and other now-classics. Everything he did after this period in the early '60s was compared to those works.

Gravel-voiced and long-haired, he hit New York City in 1961, and after rave reviews on the New York coffee house circuit, signed a three-year contract with Witmark & Sons to publish his songs. He was 20 when his first album was released in March of 1962. His commercial breakthrough came in the summer of 1963 when the Peter Paul and Mary trio recorded "Blowin' in the Wind." The trio's high profile and the song's commercial success pushed Dylan's second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" into the top 25 on the charts.

Described as shy and defensive, hyped up, careless of his health, a bit scared by fame, immaterialist, but shrewd about money, a professional absorbed by his craft, he nonetheless remained an elusive figure. World famous by the time he was 21, he had not only celebrity but intellectual fame. With unrestrained energy, he moved from one genre to another; folk, blues, country, spirituals, but he soon discovered that you can be famous for only one thing at a time. He gained notoriety chiefly for his civil-rights and anti-war material, and that's what people wanted to hear from him.

During the early '60s, Dylan produced 237 songs in three years. His music reflects his anger, humor, and occasionally, hope. A recurring theme is the dangers and foibles of navigating without a moral compass, the determination of the Civil Rights Movement, and the fear of a child growing up in the shadow of the atomic bomb.

Dylan grew up in the remote mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota, population 20,000, two hours from the Canadian border. He tends to be imaginative about his background, portraying a "drop-out" picture of himself as an itinerant who began running away from home when he was seven. He implied that he had an unhappy childhood, but loving parents, and was treated as an outcast growing up, with nobody really understanding him. In fact, he was very good in English and an all-around B student at Hibbing High where teachers remember him as being attentive and inquisitive, quiet, shy and bashful but with a strong belief in his own ideas. He was booed and hooted while performing in school talent shows.

An amazingly resilient performer, Dylan was criticized when he moved into unexpected directions from his '60s roots. Despite an unflattering image, he rebounded with imagination and heart. He is considered unpredictable and moody, though also charming and profound. Creating some of the cover paintings on his albums, in 1995, Dylan published a book of drawings called "Drawn Blank." For many of his original followers, Dylan disappeared in the '70s and '80s, except for brief comebacks. When he started recording folk and blues covers in the '90s, he was restored to favor.

In 1977, he divorced his wife of 11 years and they entered a bitter custody battle over their five kids, one of whom, Jakob, is also a singer-musician. Ruth Tyrangiel, 47, filed a palimony suit on November 2, 1994 in Los Angeles against Dylan, her companion for 20 years. Tyrangiel claims that she co-wrote some of his songs and helped manage his career until 1993 when the relationship dissolved. She asked for a monthly stipend, half of Dylan's assets and $5 million in damages. Dylan claimed no agreement was made and contested the suit. Gospel-rock vocalist Carol Dennis, a former backup singer for Bob Dylan, confirmed that she was secretly married to the rock icon from 1986 to 1992 and had a daughter with him, named Desiree Gabrielle Dennis-Dylan, 15 in 2001.

In 1991, Dylan was awarded a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. Despite a 1997 brush with death in the guise of a heart infection, Dylan released his album "Time Out of Mind" that same year. He considered the Grammy-winning album to bring new life to his career after a downward musical spiral. In a "first" for his 40-year career, the legendary musician appeared throughout April 2004 in a series of TV ads for Victoria’s Secret lingerie. In late 2004, in yet another "first," Dylan announced the October 5th release of his memoir, entitled "Chronicles," claiming, "'Chronicles' just means--I'm not sure what it means but it would seem to be some kind of thing where you can make right use of the past."

His release “Someday Baby” won a 2007 Grammy in the category of Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and his “Modern Times” took the award in the Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

On April 7, 2008, Dylan became the first rock musician to win a Pulitzer. He received a special citation in New York City on April 7, 2008 “for his profound impact on popular music and American culture.”

In 2016 Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

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  • associate relationship with Baez, Joan (born 9 January 1941). Notes: Former lovers and occasional musical collaborators
  • associate relationship with Bloomfield, Mike (born 28 July 1943). Notes: Occasional musical collaborators
  • associate relationship with Danko, Rick (born 29 December 1943). Notes: Occasional musical collaborators
  • associate relationship with Harrison, George (born 25 February 1943). Notes: Band mates in The Traveling Wilburys
  • associate relationship with Johnston, Bob (born 14 May 1932). Notes: music partnership
  • associate relationship with Kooper, Al (born 5 February 1944). Notes: Occasional musical collaborators
  • associate relationship with McGuinn, Roger (born 13 July 1942). Notes: Occasional musical collaborators
  • compare to chart of Hohler, Franz (born 1 March 1943). Notes: Translations of his songs
  • role played of/by Blanchett, Cate (born 14 May 1969). Notes: 2007 film "I'm Not There," as Jude Quinn
  • role played of/by Gere, Richard (born 31 August 1949). Notes: Played Dylan as Billy The Kid in 2007 film "I'm Not There"


  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1961 (Contract with Witmark & Sons to publish songs)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1977 (Wife of 11 years, bitter)
  • Crime : Law suit 2 November 1994 at 12:00 midnight in Los Angeles, CA (Sued by Tyrangiel in palimony suit, Dylan contesting)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (Book of drawings, "Drawn Blank")
  • Work : Gain social status January 1998 (Nominated for three Grammy's)
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  • Social : Great Publicity April 2004 (appeared in ads for Victoria's Secret lingerie)
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  • Work : Prize 13 October 2016 (Nobel Prize literature)
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B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher, obtained by Bob Garner.

A Bob Dylan Timeline


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Long)
  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Gravel-voiced)
  • Traits : Personality : Changeable (Moody, unpredictable)
  • Traits : Personality : Charismatic (Great appeal)
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Traits : Personality : Shy (As a youth)
  • Family : Childhood : Family supportive (Loving parents)
  • Family : Childhood : Memories Bad (Treated as an outcast)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (With Ruth 20 years, Carol Denis six years)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce bitter (Bitter custody battle)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (two)
  • Family : Parenting : Birthing - Fertility problems (One illigimate daughter, 1986)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Six)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Misfit
  • Lifestyle : Home : Left home early less than 18 (Runaway from age seven)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Lawsuit sued (Palimony suit from Ruth)
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Album cover paintings, drawings)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (tours and performances)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (guitar, keyboards, harmonica)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Medals (Presidential Medal of Freedom)
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize
  • Notable : Famous : Notable extremes (one of the world's best-selling artists of all time)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (Most influential figure in rock outside of Elvis)