Bob Dylan epitomises the troubadour ideal and is frequently referenced as the most important musician of the 20th Century, known for his poetic expressions, gruff voice and his ability to encapsulate the message in his songs. A major figure of the 1960s American folk renaissance, Dylan inspired many major artists of the time and has released 38 studio albums and was signed by John Hammond to Columbia Records.
Dylan's 1965 single, Like a Rolling Stone, produced by Tom Wilson, has been described as challenging and transforming the "artistic conventions of its time, for all time" scoring #1 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Furthermore, like Mark Twain, Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, Bob Dylan changed the English lexicon coining numerous phrases that have become commonplace.
As quickly as Dylan became famous for going against the grain by going acoustic, he caused an outrage when we went against his own trend: by going electric. His infamous 'electric' tour was just the beginning for Dylan's intransigent ways. Bob Dylan, unlike many other artists who have been touched by fame, feels completely at liberty to do as he pleases with his own material.
In 2016, Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize For Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."