Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman) is an American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk music. It cannot be understated how much influence Dylan has had on the industry in the five decades since his debut. Despite shaking his head at the notion that he represented the social struggles of the 60s, a number of his songs became anthems for the civil rights movement, chief among them are "The Times They Are A'Changin'" and "Blowin' in the Wind". After toying around with the American folk music revival, Dylan overhauled popular music with his 1965 signature song "Like a Rolling Stone".
His songs have incorporated political, social and literary influences, exposing the incompetence and corruption of governments. Taking cues from Little Richard and Woody Guthrie, Dylan helped shape and transform entire music genres - from folk to blues, country to gospel, rock and roll to rockability, and even jazz music. He usually performs with a guitar, keyboards and harmonica. His "Never Ending Tour" is an ongoing round of touring with a changing line-up of backup musicians.
Bob Dylan is also an accomplished painter, having sold 6 books containing his drawing and paintings, as well as exhibiting his work at major art galleries. He's also a multi-award winner and has appeared in various halls of fame. The Pulitizer Prize jury awarded him a special citation in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."