Born in Minnesota in 1941, Bob Dylan, then Robert Allen Zimmerman, befriended those less fortunate than him as a child. Through his childhood friends Dylan learned a valuable life lesson that material objects do not necessarily matter. Dylan’s childhood experiences of being the underdog shaped the political outcries that he sang about in the early 1960s. As a child, Dylan was influenced by early rock stars such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and “Little Richard (whom he used to imitate on the piano at high school dances)” (Bob Dylan). Young Bob Dylan even formed his own bands, which included The Golden Chords and Elston Gunn. Dylan then went and attended the University of Minneapolis and became a part of the folk scene. While in school Dylan became aware of the political and sexual freedoms amplifying among his peers. After dropping out of college Dylan then moved to New York and began to play small gigs until he was signed by Columbia Records in October of 1961. January of 1962, Dylan started to utilize his music in order to “show the experiences of injustice within American society” (Bob Dylan: 1960s Political and Social Movements ).
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...um and Luhrssen). Dylan’s music was a factor in the revolution that took place in the 1960s for thousands of people. Not only was Dylan a major influence on American society, but also on other musicians of that era (the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and the Rolling Stones) and eras to come.
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