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也许除了《答案在风中飘》没人听过Bob Dylan更多的作品，但这一首就足够了。1963年，Bob Dylan凭这首歌在美国家喻户晓，后来鲍勃当之无愧的成为民谣抗议运动的领袖。后期他又把民谣引领入了新的领域，开创了另一种音乐风格——民谣摇滚。
1962年2月，Bob Dylan的第一张专辑出版了，专辑中的气息是浓浓的Woody Guthrie式的民谣，其实在这张专辑中的有些歌曲就已被许多听过他的歌的人认为Bob Dylan 是抗议歌手了，因为在他的歌里有很多的内容都是具有强烈的批判色彩。随之，Bob Dylan的第二张专辑诞生了，并且取得巨大成功，他几乎成为激进青年的代言人了。1963年11月22日，当时的美国总统约翰·肯尼迪遇刺身亡，这彻底打碎了Bob Dylan政治的梦想。随之而来的就是《The times they‘re a changing》这张专辑，收录在其中的十首歌一方面是悼念死去的人，一方面也反映出人们受意外打击后所体现出的情绪变化。
Looking at the history of rock and roll, it is impossible to overstate the importance of Bob Dylan. As Bruce Springsteen put it, inducting Dylan into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, "Bob freed the mind the way Elvis freed the body. He showed us that just because the music was innately physical did not mean that it was anti-intellectual. He had the vision and the talent to make a pop song that contained the whole world. He invented a new way a pop singer could sound, broke through the limitations of what a recording artist could achieve, and changed the face of rock and roll forever."
Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, where his father, Abe, worked for the Standard Oil Company. In 1947, the Zimmerman family moved to the small town of Hibbing, where an ordinary childhood did little to hint at the brilliance to come. Robert started writing poems around the age of ten, and taught himself basal piano and guitar in his early teens. Falling under the spell of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other early rock stars, he started forming his own bands, including the Golden Chords and Elston Gunn and His Rock Boppers. According to the 1959 Hibbing high school yearbook, his goal was "to join Little Richard."
Dylan began to trace contemporary rock and roll back to its roots, listening to the work of country, rock, and folk pioneers like Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, and Woody Guthrie. Indeed, his interest in music had become so intense that he rarely found the time to go to class. He began to perform solo at local nightspots, honing his guitar and harmonica work and developing the expressive nasal voice that would become the nucleus of his trademark sound. It was around this time, too, that he adopted the stage name Bob Dylan, maybe in honor of the late Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, though this is an origin he has continued to deny throughout his career.
The following year, he dropped out of college and went to New York with two things on his mind: to become a part of Greenwich Village‘s burgeoning folk-music scene, and to meet Guthrie, who was hospitalized in New Jersey and led him into the folk field fterward.Signed a recording contract with Columbia Records executive John Hammond.In 1963 he released a record named "Bob Dylan".It included folk and blues."Blowin‘ in the Wind" and "A Hard Rain‘s A-Gonna Fall," the breathtaking ballads "Girl From the North Country" and "Don‘t Think Twice, It‘s All Right," and nine other originals that marked the emergence of the most distinctive and poetic voice in the history of American popular music. Cementing his reputation was Peter, Paul, and Mary‘s folksy cover of "Blowin‘ in the Wind," which went to No. 2 on the pop singles chart.
Dylan‘s third album, "The Times They Are A-Changing" ,was more intense protest.next album, "Another Side of Bob Dylan", was his most introspective and least topical to date, and its finale, "It Ain‘t Me Babe," was an even more explicit goodbye to the folk movement he had helped reinvigorate.
Shortly after his split with his girlfriend Rotolo, he became involved with the world‘s most famous folk diva, Joan Baez. The relationship proved beneficial for them both, as Baez raided Dylan‘s unreleased material for her albums and introduced him to thousands of fans at her concerts.