Bob Dylan

  • Born

    Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota
  • First guitar

    First guitar
    At fourteen Bob took up the acoustic guitar and, after teaching himself the basics, purchased an electric guitar
  • Highschool Gradudation

    Highschool Gradudation
    After graduation from high school in 1959, Bob attended the University of Minneapolis.
  • New interest

    New interest
    During his brief stint as a college student, Bob became interested in traditional and American folk music.
  • Starting his career

    Starting his career
    After reading Woody Guthrie's autobiography, Bound for Glory, Bob's music was heavily influenced by Guthrie's. In December 1960, Bob left Minneapolis, traveling to Chicago before arriving in Greenwich Village. His intention was to visit Guthrie, who lay dying of Huntington's chorea in a New Jersey hospital, and begin his musical career. He succeeded on both counts, becoming one of America's most legendary musicians.
  • getting signed

    getting signed
    While playing harmonica at a session for Carolyn Hester at Columbia Records, Dylan impressed producer John Hammond, who signed him to a five-year contract. His debut recording, entitled Bob Dylan, contained two original songs and an assortment of blues and traditional covers.
  • Early career

    Early career
    After performing at the Cafe Wha? on his first night in town, Bob continued to play in Village coffeehouses.
  • Fame

    The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan puts Bob on a fast track to fame in the folk circuit, and he plays the Newport Folk Festival for the first time.
  • 3rd and 4th

    3rd and 4th
    Dylan releases his 3rd album, The Times They Are A-Changin.In August, he releases his 4th album, Another Side of Bob Dylan
  • 5th

    Dylan releases his 5th album, Bringing It All Back Home, which is half acoustic and half electric. Dylan begins the transition from acoustic folk artist to rock innovator.
  • World Tour

    World Tour
    Dylan begins his world tour with The Hawks
  • Tour continued

    Dylan releases his 7th album, Blonde On Blonde, and continues touring with his band despite poor audience responses.
  • End of career

    End of career
    Following a motorcycle accident, Dylan cancels all public appearances and retreats to Woodstock, New York, with
    his wife and family.