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The term “legend” is sometimes applied to artists who may or may not actually deserve the honor. Bob Dylan’s status as a legend, though, is indisputable. Dylan became fascinated with rock and roll at a young age, but soon shifted his focus to folk music after discovering Woody Guthrie. In 1959, Dylan dropped out of college and headed to New York City. After playing with many already-established musicians there, he received his own recording contract and was ready to take on the world. Dylan’s warbly, raw singing style immediately set him apart from everyone else, and his socially and politically relevant lyrics earned him a role as a voice of the disenfranchised during the turbulent times of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. Since then, Dylan has recorded almost 40 albums and served as inspiration and influence on so many artists that his effect on popular music is immeasurable.

Jason Isbell Plays Bob Dylan’s Legendary Electric Guitar at the Newport Folk Festival

Bob Dylan / Bob Dylan Guitar / Jason Isbell
Hulton Archive / Andrew Burton / Jason Davis, Getty Images

Fifty years after Dylan's 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance, his electric guitar returned and Jason Isbell was invited to play the iconic instrument.

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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Goes Electric

Bob Dylan 1965
Evening Standard/Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Newport 1965 was the end of Bob Dylan ... and the beginning of Bob Dylan.

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Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, Columns, Longform, Music, News

PledgeMusic Campaign Started For ‘Born In Chicago,’ Blues Doc Feat. Bob Dylan + Jack White

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Director John Anderson is looking to complete his long-in-the-works documentary on the legendary Chicago blues scene of the early 1960s.

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45 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Releases ‘Self Portrait’

Bob Dylan 1969
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Dylan's 10th album was greeted with poor reviews, but in retrospect it's a must-listen.

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Newport Folk Festival to Celebrate 50 Years Since Bob Dylan Went Electric

Bob Dylan
Evening Standard, Hulton Archive

It's been 50 years since folk legend Bob Dylan shocked the world with his electric, non-acoustic performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

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Watch Bob Dylan Perform the Perfect Farewell for David Letterman, ‘The Night We Called It a Day’

Bob Dylan
YouTube

We knew the bar was set high for Bob Dylan.

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The Real Final Musical Guest on ‘Letterman’ Will Actually Be Bob Dylan

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Remember when we thought Eddie Vedder was going to be the final musician to grace the stage of theLate Show With David Letterman?

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Filed Under: Category: Music, News, TV

Touch ‘Em All: 15 Hits (and Other Songs) About Baseball

Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images
Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images

In honor of Opening Day, we call up 15 of the best baseball-themed songs (but we can't guarantee that none of the musicians used performance-enhancing drugs.)

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Ethan Hawke + Jimmy Fallon Channel Bob Dylan for Their Lullabies

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Actor Ethan Hawke demonstrated how he puts his children to sleep on Tuesday night's airing of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.

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Meet the New Bob Dylan, Same as the Old Bob Dylan

Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Why is every new artist "the new so and so"? We don't know, but music journalism is littered with comparisons.

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