Bob Dylan

1941 (Duluth, Minn.) –

Dylan is widely regarded as one of the half-dozen most influential composers and performers in popular music. As a young unknown, he played harmonica for Belafonte, was taken under Spivey’s wing, learned from meeting Fuller and Carthy, and took cigarettes to the ailing Guthrie, his biggest role-model. He got a break opening for Hooker (who said they stayed up drinking and playing all night), went to a passover meal with Brando, and discussed getting married by Davis. He toured with Haggard, joked about song-writing with Cohen, swapped cassettes with Waits, and was told by Williamson he played too fast.

Bob Dylan knew…