21 Things You Must Know About Bob Dylan

Monday, May 14th 2018. | Internet News

21 Things You Must Know About Bob DylanOn this day in 1941 at 9:05 p.m., little Bobby Zimmerman — a.k.a. His Dylanness — was born. Earn your degree in Dylanology with our primer on unexpected Bobster trivia, featuring one fact for each of his 76 years, after the jump. Don’t think twice!

1. Before he renamed himself Bob Dylan, Robert Allen Zimmerman briefly went by Elston Gunn.

2. His great-grandfather and uncles owned the biggest movie theaters in Hibbing, Minnesota, allowing a young Dylan to watch films for free.

3. In 10th grade, Dylan and his back-up band were rejected from a high school talent show because the student council judged his performance at the audition too shocking.

4. In college, Dylan was known for scamming his friends out of cigarettes and articles of clothing.

5. In 1960, Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers tried to get the manager of a Denver club to kick Dylan off the bill, complaining that his voice was awful.

6. When Dylan met girlfriend Suze Rotolo’s mother, Mary, he lied and told her that he had a degenerative eye disease that would eventually lead him to go blind, earning him Mary’s eternal distrust.

7. Bob Dylan appeared with Joni Mitchell on the first episode of The Johnny Cash Show.

8. When he was first signed to Columbia Records, Dylan conned his way out of a stipulation that required his parents to sign (at 20, Dylan was considered a minor at the time) by convincing John Hammond that he was an orphan.

9. Dylan’s first major appearance on American television was on The Steve Allen Show in 1964. When Dylan announced that he was playing the song “Hattie Caroll,” only one audience member clapped in recognition.

10. In 2004, Dylan earned an honorary doctorate in music from the University of St. Andrews.

11. Last year, Dylan was detained by the police in New Jersey after a homeowner spotted him wandering around a residential block in the rain.

12. During Dylan’s 1965 tour of England, reporters swarmed the singer at Heathrow. They were so entranced by Dylan that Lena Horne, then an enormous British celebrity, passed by the gaggle of photographers unnoticed.

13. One night at Max’s Kansas City, Dylan and his road manager, Bob Neuwirth, insulted The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones until Jones broke down in tears.

14. Dylan struck up a short-lived friendship with Tiny Tim, who Dylan recorded singing “Like a Rolling Stone” while strumming the ukulele.

15. Aside from song-writing, Dylan is also a prolific painter. The cover of his 1970 Self Portrait is his own painting.

16. Pauline Kael called Dylan’s film Renaldo & Clara “what Louis and Marie Antoinette might have done at Versailles if only they’d had the cameras.”

17. After Dylan’s 1966 motorcycle accident, Allen Ginsberg brought him a box full of books to aid his recovery.

18. In the summer of 1970, Dylan was briefly involved in the production of a musical version of The Devil and Daniel Webster with poet Archibald MacLeish but backed out when he and MacLeish didn’t see eye to eye.

19. The first words Dylan spoke to playwright Sam Shepard, who Dylan had hired to write scenes for the movie Eat the Document, were “We don’t have to make any connections. None of this has to connect.”

20. Shepard and Dylan cowrote a 12-minute song called “Brownsville Girl” based on the Gregory Peck film The Gunfighter. Dylan has only played it in concert once.

21. Since 1988, as part of his “Never-Ending Tour,” Bob Dylan has played at least 100 concerts per year. If you are fans Bob Dylan and want to buy Bob Dylan posters, we recommended to buy on this site http://idposter.com

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