With his unmistakable voice and unforgettable lyrics, Bob Dylan merged the worlds of music and literature as no one else had. He will be appearing at Artpark in Lewiston New York, located roughly 5 minutes from our hotel, for one night only on June 30th, 2016.
Bob Dylan Bio
In 1960, Bob dropped out of college and moved to New York, to visit his hospitalized idol Woody Guthrie and became a regular in the folk clubs and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village. In the fall of 1961, after one of his performances received a rave review in The NewYork Times, he signed contract with Columbia Records, legally changing his surname to Dylan. Released early in 1962, 'Bob Dylan' showcased Dylan's gravelly-voiced, unique singing style.
His albums of the time firmly established Dylan as the definitive songwriter of the 60s protest movement, a reputation that soared after he became involved with Joan Baez in 1963. This mutually beneficial relationship with Baez lasted only two years but it brought both of them acclaim. Though Dylan was playing 200 concerts annually in 1964, he tired of his role as singer-songwriter of the protest movement. He met Sara Lowndes soon after. Married in 1965 and divorced in 1977, the song "Sara" in Desire was Dylan's attempt to win Lowndes back after they had parted. Dylan and Lowndes had four children: Jesse, Anna, Samuel and Jakob. Dylan adopted Lowndes's daughter, Maria, from her previous marriage. Jakob Dylan is the lead singer of the popular rock band 'Wallflowers'. Dylan revolutionized rock with his songs in 1965 and 1966. His lyrics were analyzed, debated, regarded as literature and quoted by politicians.
Dylan reinvented himself as a born-again Christian in 1979. The evangelical Slow Train Coming was a huge hit, and brought Dylan his first Grammy Award but his spiritual leanings died down soon after. Dylan's lyrics were influenced by various political, social, philosophical, and literary events. He took existing pop conventions to new heights and appealed to the rising counter-culture of the day. His recording career, spanning 50 years and counting, has covered several genres, Folk, Blues, Country, Rock n Roll, Jazz, even Gospel and the Great American Songbook.
Following a severe motorcycle accident in July 1966, Dylan spent almost a year recovering. The albums he produced during this period were considered mellower than earlier works. Some of the albums of this period did not do well with critics and a collection of writings Dylan published in 1971 under the title 'Tarantula', also did not do well. In 1973, Dylan wrote 'Knockin on heaven's door' for the movie 'Pat Garret and Billy the Kid' in which he also acted the role of 'Alias.'
Never Ending Tour
In 1974, Dylan set out on a nationwide tour with his longtime backup band, the Band with whom he recorded the album Planet Waves, which became his best-seller ever. He followed this up with several hit albums like Blood on the Tracks (1975) and Desire (1976). The 1980s saw Dylan touring full time with fellow legends like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the Grateful Dead. Memorable albums during this period include Infidels (1983), Biograph (1985), Knocked Out Loaded (1986) and Oh Mercy (1989), which became his most appreciated album. In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 1990 Dylan was named a Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Art et des Lettres, the highest cultural honor accorded in France. At the 1991 Grammy ceremony he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He worked on two albums with the all-star band the Traveling Wilburys, featuring George Harrison and Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. In 1994 saw Dylan return to his roots, taking home the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, World Gone Wrong. In 1997, Dylan became the first rock star ever to receive Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest award for artistic excellence.
Dylan's 1997 album Time Out of Mind won him three Grammy Awards and he kept on with his tour, including the famous performance for Pope John Paul II in 1997, in which he played "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and a tour with Paul Simon in 1999. In 2000, his "Things Have Changed" soundtrack for the film Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas won Dylan a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song went on to receive a Grammy Award and Dylan's first-ever Oscar.
Modern Times (2006) reached the top of the charts the very next month after its release, being a hearty mixture of blues, country and folk. Showing no signs of slowing, Dylan toured through the first decade of the 21st century and in 2009, released the studio album Together Through Life. In 2010 The Witmark Demos and Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings was released. 2011 saw the release of yet another live album, Bob Dylan in Concert - Brandeis University 1963 and September 2012 saw the release of his studio album Tempest, followed by Shadows in the Night in 2015.
One of the best selling musicians of all-time
Having sold out more than 100 million records, he is one of the best selling artists of all time. The six books published by Dylan is exhibited in major art galleries. He has accepted numerous awards which includes 11 Grammys, A Golden Globe, An Oscar and an Academy Award. Bob Dylan has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 40 of his original paintings were exhibited in a solo exposure at Denmark's National Gallery in 2010. A special Citation was awarded to him by the Pulitzer Prize jury for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture. Dylan was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barrack Obama in 2012.
No direction home: Bob Dylan was his first full length interview in 2o years for a 2005 documentary directed by Martin Scorsese. Bob Dylan is a true living icon and to mention everything about his event-filled life, even in short, would be the content of several books and simply cannot be condensed into a page or two.
Bob Dylan in Niagara Region
Bob Dylan is set to release his 37th studio album 'Fallen Angels' this May 2016 just days before his birthday and follow it up with a summer tour of the United States. He will be making an appearance at the outdoor Artpark, located in Lewiston New York, just a 5 minute drive from the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa.
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