Where were you when you first heard Bob Dylan?
Arguably one of the greatest poets and musical artists of our generation, Bob Dylan has been covered and worshiped by fans and artists of all walks of life. Born as Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, the musician has been in the game for sixty years, first gaining momentum in 1963 when his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released and picked as a civil rights anthem through his song, Blowin’ in the Wind.
First inspired by blues and country music in his youth, Dylan describes the reason he chose American folk music over rock ’n roll: “I knew that when I got into folk music, it was more of a serious type of thing,” Dylan said. “The songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings.”
A few songs have ties to Santa Barbara County, too. Once linked with socialite Edie Sedgwick, the late Santa Ynez beauty is rumored to be the muse behind songs such as Blonde on Blonde and Just Like a Woman, though the story remains enigmatic as the man himself.
His career as a public visual artist began in 1994 and includes eight books of paintings and drawings that have been displayed in art galleries around the world. Collecting numerous poetry and music accolades, including ten Grammys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, Dylan added Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 to the list. And soon, you can see the icon perform live in our hometown.
Bob Dylan and His Band are returning to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are currently available for $50.00 – $135.00 (before taxes and fees) and can be purchased at the Santa Barbara Bowl box office. See you there.