"I used to think that myself and my songs were the same thing. But I dont believe that any more. Theres myself and theres my song, which I hope is everybodys song."
- Bob Dylan
Bob Dylans eclectic and multi-dimensional songwriting has been widely celebrated and revered by all genres in American Popular Music. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named Dylans Like a Rolling Stone as the #1 greatest Rock n Roll song of all time. His lyrics and music have been influenced by practically every genre including folk, country, the blues, RnB, Tin Pan Alley standards and jazz.
He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN and learned to play the guitar and harmonica at a young age. After graduating from high school, Dylan studied art at the University of Minnesota and began performing at coffeehouses under the name Bob Dylan (his last name was inspired by poet Dylan Thomas).
After honing his performance style in Minnesota, Dylan moved to New York City in 1961 and began performing throughout Greenwich Village, making a name for himself as one of the up and coming folk singers in the City. Upon arriving in New York, Dylan began visiting his idol Woody Guthrie in the hospital where he was suffering from Huntington's disease. "I was pretty fanatical about what I wanted to do, so after learning about two hundred of Woody's songs, I went to see him and I waited for the right moment to visit him in a hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. I took a bus from New York, sat with him and sang his songs." (New York, 1984) Guthrie and his songs became an important model for much of Dylan's early early songwriting. "The [Guthrie] influence has all been on the first, second, third and fourth album.…