Dylan, Bob

Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist, born 1944

Much of Dylan's most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. He drew controversy when he adopted electrically amplified rock instrumentation in and he withdrew from touring after a motorcycle accident. During this period, he recorded a large body of songs, these recordings were released as the collaborative album "The Basement Tapes". In the late 1970s, he became a born-again Christian and released a series of albums of contemporary gospel music before returning to his more familiar rock-based idiom. In 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.