Happy 77th Birthday to Bob Dylan: Songwriter, Poet, Nobel Prize Winner and Timeless Cultural Icon

Happy 77th Birthday to Bob Dylan: Songwriter, Poet, Nobel Prize Winner and Timeless Cultural Icon

“I picked up a copy of our Bible, which is a magazine called Sing Out!, and I saw, with the music printed, this song called “Blowin’ in the Wind.” And I read it and I thought, “Christ, that has to be …” He had changed his name to Bob Dylan. He explained to me who he was. He said, “You remember me. I sat at your feet in Central City. My name was Robert Zimmerman. Now my name is Bob Dylan.”

I couldn’t believe my eyes or my ears! I mean, this song was sophisticated, to say the least. It was unique – I’d never heard anything like it.

Those are words from Judy Collins, who recounted her memories with a very young Bob Dylan/Robert Zimmerman in New York City in a Rock Cellar feature about musician’s first encounters with the revered artist.

Today, Dylan celebrates his 77th birthday. For decades, he’s been a cherished songwriter, poet and cultural icon, continuing to push the envelope and challenge people’s expectations to this day. His commitment to his singular artistic vision earned him a Nobel Prize in Literature — concrete proof of the value of his hard work.

Said David Crosby to Rock Cellar of his first impression of Dylan:

“The guy’s such a good poet. He’s such a good poet, holy shit, is he a good poet. And I was pretty stunned. I walked out of there very confused, because I knew I could sing better and I knew that I just had to up my game about words a thousand percent. He was a terrific inspiration to me in the sense that I knew I had to become a much better poet. And so I tried my best to do that.”

Continued well-wishes and the happiest of 77th birthdays to Bob Dylan!

2 Responses to "Happy 77th Birthday to Bob Dylan: Songwriter, Poet, Nobel Prize Winner and Timeless Cultural Icon"

  1. Patti   May 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Happy 77th to my favorite songwriter and poet! He IS the Best!

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  2. Phil Miglioratti   May 26, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Mr Dylan,

    True thanks for being, at different times, a cultural and a Christian prophet. We would do well to heed your insights.

    One who is grateful for an eternal shot of Jesus love,

    Phil
    PrayForSurfBlog.blogspot.com

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