New York, May 24 (EFE). – American musician, singer-songwriter and poet Bob Dylan, an iconic cultural figure acclaimed as the living legend of folk rock, turned 80 on Monday.
Over an expansive career, he has released 39 albums and sold 125 million copies.
After eight years of silence, the artist released an album of unreleased songs in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it didn’t disappoint.
On the album Rough and Rowdy Ways, Dylan presents the 17-minute long song Murder Most Foul, an exploration of American history and culture that received top reviews.
A week before the album release, Dylan told the New York Times in his first major interview since 2017 that the songs “kind of write themselves and count on me to sing them.”
Before becoming a cultural symbol, Bob Dylan was known as Robert Zimmerman. In 1961, he dropped out of school and moved to New York to pursue his artistic career.
A year later, he released the self-titled album Bob Dylan and became one of the most celebrated names in the Big Apple’s music scene. He became a symbol of the 1960s anti-war movement, securing him a place in the then flourishing folk and hippie scene.
In 2016, he became the first musician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Among his notable albums are Love & Theft (2001), Modern Times (2006) Tempest (2012), Fallen Angels (2016) and Bob Dylan Live. 1961-2000, which Columbia Records released on his 60th birthday.
In 2020, it was revealed that Dylan had sold his entire music catalog, which includes 600 songs and is considered one of the most extensive in contemporary music, to Universal Music Group for about $300 million. EFE