Bob Dylan’s influence on popular music and culture is incalculable and has been a potent musical force for over 50 years. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. After graduating high school, he moved to Minneapolis and began performing in the Dinkytown folk music circuit.
Dylan’s music traverses a long list of popular music genres and his lyrics incorporate a wide range of political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. He has sold over 100 million records and has received eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has been awarded a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Foundation, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Students of Contemporary Music can learn a wealth of deep musical knowledge by rehearsing and performing Dylan’s music and studying his career. The Bob Dylan Ensemble will explore a set of his songs and discuss what enables such an unconventional artist to defy music industry norms. The audition will consist of students’ personal interpretation of:
“The Times They Are A-Changin'”
“To Make You Feel My Love”
“Stuck Inside Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”
“All Along the Watchtower”