The impact of Bob Dylan cannot be overstated. Nobody else so revolutionised the way we think about singing, songwriting, music as protest and the very definition of folk music, all in their first decade as a performer. That Dylan did all this while remaining elusive, chameleonic and defiant sets him apart from almost anyone else to ever sing into a microphone.
As with all things Dylan, the truth is often secondary to the myth. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota as Robert Zimmerman and journeyed to New York (some say by car, he says by riding the rails) to forge his path in the city’s burgeoning folk scene. A devoted disciple of Woody Guthrie, the young Bob spent time with the famous folkie prior to his death and rapidly established himself as singer of repute in the venues of Greenwich Village.