Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. 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 generated social unrest. 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. His music was originally considered American folk, but later evolved into a more popular music sound. Today, Dylan's music is considered a mixture of folk, blues, rock, country and gospel.

Dylan's lyrics incorporate a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. He performs with guitar, keyboards, and the harmonica. 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.

In October 2016, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the second to receive this honor for songwriting.
  1. What did Bob Dylan's work from the 1960 cause?

  2. What genre was Dylan's music eventually considered in the 1960s?

  3. In the 1960s, Dylan's music often included   topics

  4. Dylan recently made headlines by  

  5. Dylan has been a popular international artist for over   years


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  1. Do you like Bob Dylan's music? What songs do you know from him?

  2. Do you think a songwriter should be able to win a Nobel Prize in Literature? Why or why not?

  3. What is your favorite songwriter? And your favorite writer? Name some of their work

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