Dylan, Bob [Zimmerman, Robert Allen]
- Dai Griffiths
(b Duluth, MN, 24 May 1941). American singer-songwriter. From a certain conception of popular music, predominant in the second half of the 20th century and centred on songs as a form of individual expression, he is the single most important figure. His influence has been pervasive not only immediately upon a flowering of singer-songwriters and much of rock music's basic premise, but also in many other musical genres and in languages other than American English. As popular music itself became pervasive in the culture of the period, so Dylan acquired central and even iconic importance....