Facts About Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’ Life

Jenna Goldberg | September 24, 2018 7:29 pm

Bob Dylan is an elusive figure. The legendary singer-songwriter got his start in the folk music scene and quickly worked his way up to fame, becoming the “voice of a generation” and later in life, a Nobel prize winner. Throughout his career he continued to defy what was expected of him and has done things so avant garde that he’s had curtains pulled on him and was even booed during a festival. Still, for all that we know of his work, the man is still something of a mystery.

Bob Dylan’s Birth Name Is Robert Allen Zimmerman

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Bob Dylan may have risen to fame with that name, but it wasn’t always what he called himself. On May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, the singer was born Robert Allen Zimmerman. Along with his parents and younger brother, Dylan grew up in nearby Hibbing, Minnesota.

The musician started going by Bob Dylan by the time he enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1959. By 1962, he’d dropped out, moved to New York City, and continued to live as Bob Dylan, making things official by legally changing his name at the Supreme Court.