24th May 2021 by

Bob Dylan @ 80

Radio 4 marks the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan with a series of essays, an original audio drama and a documentary, each celebrating the musician widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on 24 May 1941, Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author and visual artist. Often regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time in a career spanning over 60 years.

Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as “Blowing’ in the Wind” (1963) and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” (1964) became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements.

His treasure trove of songs have re-shaped folk, rock and pop, and he maintains an almost mythic status as the bard of the current age.

(I was fortunate to see him at Earls Court in the late 70s – a mesmeric performance, Ed).

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

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