User:I.M.S./WikiProject Bob Dylan

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If you're looking for the Dylan WP, the actual page can be found at WikiProject Bob Dylan. This page was a temporary sandbox for the project. I'm now using it to test out some new formatting I'm considering for the project page.

Bob Dylan
Joan Baez Bob Dylan crop.jpg
At the "March on Washington", 28 August 1963
Background information
Birth name Robert Allen Zimmerman
Also known as Elston Gunnn, Tedham Porterhouse, Blind Boy Grunt, Lucky Wilbury/Boo Wilbury, Elmer Johnson, Sergei Petrov, Jack Frost, Jack Fate, Robert Milkwood Thomas
Genres Rock, folk, folk rock, blues, country gospel
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, author, poet, screenwriter, disc jockey
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, bass
Years active 1959–present
Labels Columbia, Asylum
Associated acts The Band, Traveling Wilburys, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

This page represents the Wikipedia Project Bob Dylan, a collaborative effort to help classify and improve the quality of all articles relating and pertaining to the Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan. If you’d like to join or help, please add your name to the list below in the "members" section. Everyone is welcome to help!

This project is still in its fledgling stages. If you have any tips or would like to point out something, please feel free to leave a comment on this project's talk page. Thanks!


The scope of the project is articles about Bob Dylan and his work, and people and things directly related to - or who have achieved a significant part of their notability through their connection to - Bob Dylan.


  1. To Improve all articles relating to Bob Dylan
  2. To tag all Bob Dylan articles
  3. To categorize all Bob Dylan articles
  4. To create articles to fill in gaps in Bob Dylan's coverage on Wikipedia

And, specifically,

  1. Unify and improve articles about albums
  2. Unify and improve articles about Dylan
  3. Unify and improve song articles


Anyone can sign up as a member whether you will contribute regularly or not.

If you wish to become a member sign below (please note this list should be kept in order of date joined):

  1. I.M.S. (talk) 02:47, 3 October 2009 (UTC)
  2. Mick gold (talk) 16:23, 3 October 2009 (UTC)
  3. Richhoncho (talk) 04:54, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
  4. Moisejp (talk) 09:17, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
  5. Rlendog (talk) 22:41, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
  6. Dominik92 (talk) 05:02, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
  7. Allreet (talk) 14:26, 6 October 2009 (UTC)
  8. Rickrossistheboss (talk) 05:19, 10 October 2009 (UTC)
  9. Bulletfmv25 ([[User talk:Bulletfmv25|talk] 20:20, 13 October 2009
  10. --Burgundy Rumshiskaya 01:20, 15 October 2009 (UTC)
  11. Kitchen roll (talk) 20:16, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
  12. Kohoutek1138 (talk) 14:07, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
  13. Craig Walker (talk) 13:29, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
  14. A.Beaz (talk) 17:30, 6 November 2009 (UTC)
  15. Brianyoumans (talk) 16:16, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Related projects[edit]


The parent of this WikiProject is WikiProject Music.

Related portals[edit]

None yet!

To-do list[edit]

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for User:I.M.S./WikiProject Bob Dylan:

To-do list is empty: remove {{To do}} tag or click on edit to add an item.

This Month's Collaboration[edit]

This Month's (October) Collaboration - "Like a Rolling Stone"

  • This month's collaboration is currently underway. Please see here on this project's talk page to join


  • General cleanup and maintenance
  • Improve to an article worthy of FA-class stance
  • Take it to FAC and get it passed

Wikipedia articles on Bob Dylan[edit]


There’s three templates for the project right now, and these are the following:

Project Banner[edit]

WikiProject Bob Dylan (Rated NA-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Bob Dylan, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of Bob Dylan on Wikipedia, including songs, albums, concepts, people, books, and movies related to him. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
 NA  This page does not require a rating on the quality scale.

This you can add to the Talk Page (not the main article) of any pages related to Bob Dylan. Anyone can do it – the more the better!

Please add {{WPDylan}} along with the importance and quality of the article. You can do this by putting |class=X (where X is Stub, Start, B, A, GA or FA) and |importance=X (where X is Low, Mid, High or Top). Note that the parameters and values are case sensitive.

End-of-page Template[edit]

Add this to the end of the actual article on a page relating to Bob Dylan. This does not belong on pages only vaguely related, the scope is not as broad as the Project Banner. Basically, add this to songs, albums, and articles directly relating to Dylan - e.g., Electric Dylan Controversy. Type {{Bob Dylan}}.

User box[edit]

Once you've joined, you can add the following Template to your user page:

Joan Baez Bob Dylan crop.jpg This User is a member of WikiProject Bob Dylan

Do this by typing: {{User WP Dylan}}

A Guide to Tagging and Assessing Dylan Articles[edit]

When tagging Dylan articles, it's important to follow a few simple rules. First, and most importantly, stay within the project's scope. Tag people, albums, songs, and concepts (as well as categories, lists, etc.) related to Dylan. This can also include people in pickup groups under him, such as Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg.

To tag an article, got to the article's talk page. Place the {{WPDylan}} banner at the top of the page. Once you've tagged your article, rate it by Quality (called "class" in the template) and Importance. See this section for details on how to use the template.

When rating an article by quality, look at a few factors before making your choice. First, look at the length of the article. If it's only a few sentences, this would qualify as a stub. If it's a couple of paragraphs long, this would be a start.

Things get more tricky with C-class articles and up. The next thing you should be looking for with your assessment of an article is the tone. Is the article intelligently written and thought-out? Is it encyclopedic? Also, take into consideration the amount of references and in-line citations.

If all these things check out, use your best judgment and make a decision. Don't be afraid to post on the Talk Page for this WP if you need help, have a question, or would like to suggest an article for assessment. See here for more info on grading, as well as some examples.

When rating by importance, there are a few clues that will help you make your decisions. Here are some guidelines:

Remember, all Dylan albums don't have to be Top and High importance—in fact, a few could count as low importance. An example of a Top importance album would be Bringing It All Back Home. This album is pivotal and is an extremely important point in Dylan's career, as he switched from Acoustic to Electric.

An example of a Top importance song would be "Like a Rolling Stone", one of Dylan's best known songs (if not his best known), and a major hit for him.

An example of a Mid importance album would be Dylan, a collection of outtakes from Self-Portrait. The album is not well known today, and was not innovative or influential. To put it simply, it is not important in understanding Bob Dylan as a whole.

Many of the articles in the Bob Dylan project are also in other projects, such as WikiProject Rock music and WikiProject Albums. The importance rating given in each project does not necessarily have to be the same: for example, a work that may be quite important in Dylan's career, and rate a High importance, could be only somewhat important in the history of rock music, and rate a Mid importance.

Remember to not let your own opinions on the album influence your decision. Please don't rate an album Top just because it's your favorite, or Low because you have a grudge against it.



The following items have received recognition from the Wikipedia community:

Featured Articles[edit]

  1. Bob Dylan

Good Articles[edit]

  1. Like a Rolling Stone

Did You Know... (DYK)[edit]

  1. On the Road Again (Bob Dylan song) - June 11, 2009
  2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry - July 2, 2009
  3. From a Buick 6 - July 2, 2009
  4. Queen Jane Approximately - July 3, 2009
  5. Joey (Bob Dylan song) - July 12, 2009
  6. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine - July 12, 2009
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man - July 22, 2009
  8. Chimes of Freedom - July 29, 2009
  9. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - August 1, 2009
  10. She Belongs to Me - August 1, 2009
  11. Love Minus Zero/No Limit - August 2, 2009
  12. Bobby Gregg - August 25, 2009
  13. The Wicked Messenger - October 22, 2009

About this WikiProject[edit]

This project was proposed on 29 September 2009 by I.M.S. The project got a vote on the next day by Moisejp. It gained speed and received a vote on 2 October from Allreet, and two more on the next day from Mick gold and Richhoncho. The Project itself was founded on 4 October.