Bob Dylan in Barcelona, Spain, 1984
Bob Dylan in Barcelona, Spain, 1984


Bob Dylan received the 2016 Noble Prize for Literature for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."


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Bob Dylan Bio from Rolling Stone


Bob Dylan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Bob Dylan from the Poetry Foundation



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Excerpts from Chapter 5: River of Ice from Dylan's autobiography, Chronicles: Volume One

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Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 11.29.04 AM.pngGo here for a link to Chronicles: Volume One on Amazon


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The Definitive Ranking of Bob Dylan Studio Albums, from Worst to Best, The Daily Beast (May 24, 2016). Their ranking of the top 5:

  1. Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  2. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  3. Blonde on Blonde (1966)
  4. Time Out of Mind (1997)
  5. Bringing It All Back Home (1965)


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Multimedia Resources

Bob Dylan and The Band,  Chicago, 1974
Bob Dylan and The Band, Chicago, 1974

Subterranean Homesick Blues on YouTube


See a Rare Video of Bob Dylan's Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues from NPR Music

Like a Rolling Stone on YouTube

Bob Dylan Performs The Times They Are a Changin at the White House (February 2010)


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Bob Dylan's "Lay, Lady, Lay" verse
Bob Dylan's "Lay, Lady, Lay" verse

Bob Dylan, the musician: America's Great One-Man Songbook, The New York Times (October 13, 2016)


Sounds of Change from Teaching Tolerance uses lyrics from multiple performers including Bob Dylan to show how music conveys ideas for justice and equity


Learning Ballads from The New York Times Learning Network

The Look of the Listen: Smithsonian Folkways Lesson Plan


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Historical Connections


See United States History II.28 for background on the 1960s in American history