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The Essential Dylan companion
The Rough Guide to Bob Dylan
The Rough Guide to Bob Dylan is out now

In his seventh decade and still going strong, Bob Dylan is the ultimate singer/songwriter.

Win the new Rough Guide to Bob Dylan to learn all about the great man.


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Unsurprisingly, the man who was once described by a critic as 'bursting at the seams with talent' is still creating.

So far, he has released more than 40 albums.

Howard Sounes, the author of Down The Highway: A Life of Bob Dylan, says:

'He put rhythm and blues together with serious lyrics. You didn't have to just sing about Cadillacs, and teenage love, and that kind of frippery, you could actually sing about life itself.'

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Robert Zimmerman first entered the public consciousness as a Greenwich Village folk singer back in 1961, two years after his reincarnation as Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan in 1962

The fragile young songwriter had started out as much a rocker as a folkie, but had cashed in his Mystery Train ticket to make it on the folk scene, the only thing happening in a music world caught in the doldrums between the advent of rock’n’roll and its 60s apotheosis.

Dylan, frustrated by the stylistic McCarthyism of his audience, quickly began to experiment, first with forays into stream-of-consciousness writing and then, inspired by groups like The Beatles, The Animals and The Byrds, by going electric.

The beards hated it, but the results were three of the greatest albums ever recorded, and status as the iconic spokesman for a generation.

His obliquely revelatory lyrics, combined with a reclusive attitude to the press, and industrial-strength sunglasses, led to the creation of an enigmatic persona unique in popular music.

We have a copy of The Rough Guide To Bob Dylan up for grabs.

All you have to do is answer the following question...

What is Bob Dylan's real name?

When you know the answer fill in the form below and click on 'enter'. All entries must be received by midnight on 25th January. Good luck!

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