In 2008, Bob Dylan became the first rock and roll artist to be honored with a Pulitzer Prize, for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” A musician, poet, and celebrated nonconformist of unparalleled stature, Dylan is revered by critics and fans alike as the most influential singer-songwriter in the history of popular music. For more than four decades his music has been winning the hearts and minds of folk and rock lovers around the world. Infusing a distinct brand of personal philosophy and socio-political commentary into his lyrics, Dylan journeyed through a variety of musical phases, from traditional folk, blues, and country, to gospel and rock and roll, all the while establishing a unique soundtrack to our lives.
Setting out in 1961 as a young man with a guitar and a harmonica, this elusive and enigmatic artist grew into an international cultural icon as a tireless author of over 30 albums and a relentless live performer. This concise overview covers Dylan’s entire career via texts and images.
The Music Icons Series: Each title contains a painstaking selection of approximately 150 portraits, colorful posters and record covers, rare concert photos, and previously unpublished candid photos. These imageseach matching an important biographical eventare accompanied by text tracing the progression of each subject’s life and career and are complemented by a section containing lists of essential recordings and selected chart rankings.
About the Author
The editors and authors: Luke Crampton and Dafydd Rees both enjoyed London-based careers in the music business before co-founding the Media Research & Information Bureau (MRIB) in 1981. In addition to writing over 20 music and media-related books, they have served as the Official Adjudicator for the annual Ivor Novello Awards (198191) and the World Music Awards (199093), and are currently voting members for the Grammy Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The duo has also created and produced numerous successful UK and US radio and television series, including the “Network Chart” show and CNN International’s “World Beat” and “TheMusic Room.”
As founders of the music licensing service Songfinder and Original Media, Luke and Dafydd continue to devise and produce unique media projects while updating and developing their Music Information Database, the world’s most comprehensive source of historical data on popular music.