Dylan's lyrics have incorporated a variety of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. Initially inspired by the performance style of Little Richard, and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres. His recording career, spanning fifty years, has explored many of the traditions in American song--from folk, blues, and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing. Dylan performs with guitar, keyboards, and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered his songwriting.
Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time; he has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Award; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
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The upstate New York hotel opened for business last month
- Jul 21, 2014
The two boxes of records were untouched for 40 years
- Jul 2, 2014
The handwritten manuscript sold for $2.045 million (£1.204 million) to a fan of the singer-songwriter
- Jun 24, 2014
Singer posts 'Full Moon And Empty Arms' cover on his official website
- May 14, 2014
Lyrics expected to sell for more than $1 million
- May 2, 2014
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A relentless exploration of bleakness from the 71-year-old
- Sep 7, 2012
Men in masks with subtle pop suss
- Jun 11, 2009
Together Through Life
- Apr 21, 2009
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- Sep 27, 2007
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