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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, painter and poet. He has been a major figure in popular music for five decades.[1] Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was at first an informal chronicler, and later an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of his songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the civil rights[2] and anti-war[3] movements. His early lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social and philosophical, as well as literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres, exploring numerous distinct 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 swing.[4] He has received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008 a Bob Dylan Pathway was opened in the singer's honor in his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota.[5] The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for what they called his profound impact on popular music and American culture, "marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

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The Band was a rock music group active from 1967 to 1976 and again from 1983 to 1999. The original group (1967–1976) consisted of four Canadians: Robbie Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals); Richard Manuel (piano, harmonica, drums, saxophone, organ, vocals); Garth Hudson (organ, piano, clavinet, accordion, synthesizer, saxophone); and Rick Danko (bass guitar, violin, trombone, vocals), and one American, Levon Helm (drums, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, vocals).

The members of the Band first came together as they joined rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins' backing group, The Hawks, one by one between 1958 and 1963. Upon leaving Hawkins in 1964, they were known as The Levon Helm Sextet (the sixth member being sax player Jerry Penfound), then Levon and the Hawks (without Penfound). In 1965, they released a single on Ware Records under the name Canadian Squires, but returned as Levon and the Hawks for a recording session for Atco later in 1965.[6] At about the same time, Bob Dylan recruited Helm and Robertson for two concerts, then the entire group for his U.S. tour in 1965 and world tour in 1966.[7] They also joined him on the informal recordings that later became The Basement Tapes.
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Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is the eighth album released by Bob Dylan on Columbia Records, catalogue CK 65975. It peaked at #10 on the Pop Album Chart, and went to #3 in the United Kingdom; certified five times platinum in the United States, it is one of his very best-selling albums. Greatest Hits presented his first appearance on records after his epic Blonde on Blonde double-LP of May 1966 and his famed motorcycle accident of that summer.

Greatest Hits presented his first appearance on records after his epic Blonde on Blonde double-LP of May 1966 and his famed motorcycle accident of that summer. With no activity by Dylan since the end of his recent world tour, and no new recordings on the immediate horizon (the Basement Tapes sessions were still months away if the accepted chronologies are correct), Columbia needed new product to continue to capitalize on Dylan's commercial appeal. Hence the appearance of this package, the label's first Dylan compilation, and its first LP release with a $5.98 list price, one dollar more than that of standard releases.


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"Like a Rolling Stone" is a song by American songwriter Bob Dylan. One of his best-known and most influential compositions,[8][9][10] the song's origins lie in an extended piece of verse which Dylan had written in June 1965 following his tour of England. Subsequently transforming his sprawling verse into a confrontational song,[9][10] Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone" a few weeks later, but Columbia Records, unhappy with the single's length and sound, held up its release for a full month.[11] It is considered an extremely influential track in early rock and roll, and acclaimed as one of the greatest compositions ever in that genre.

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Dylan at the Azkena Rock Festival 2010.

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  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Newsweek97 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ Dylan sang Blowin’ In The Wind at the Washington D.C. concert, January 20, 1986, which marked the inauguration of Martin Luther King Day. Gray, 2006, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, pp. 63–64.
  3. ^ "Dylan 'reveals origin of anthem'". BBC News. 2004-04-11. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (2001-09-10). "Love and Theft review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Dylan Way Opens in Duluth". Northlands News Centre. 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  6. ^ Gray, 33 and 37
  7. ^ Heylin, Clinton (2003). Behind the Shades Revisited. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 223–260. ISBN 0-06-052569-X. 
  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Bob Dylan". Allmusic. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Like A Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 9, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Gerard, James. "Like A Rolling Stone". Allmusic. Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  11. ^ Considine, Shaun (December 3, 2004). "The Hit We Almost Missed". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2010.