Bob Dylan Turns 80

Bob Dylan performs at The Hop Festival in England in 2012. (Ki Price/Reuters)
His milestone is a generational one, his career a grand tour of artistic independence and intellect.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T oday is the 80th birthday of Robert Allen Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minn., better known to the world as Bob Dylan. Few American musicians have attracted more praise or influenced more artists than Dylan. He even won a Nobel Prize in Literature for his lyrics. Dylan is loved by some and respected without affection by others, yet, for many, the sound of his voice and the words of his songs produce a reflexive revulsion. Either way, Dylan has always been more complex and interesting than the public image embraced by casual fans and bitter detractors alike.

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