Bob Dylan was born in Minnesota. His paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman, immigrated from Odessa (then in Russian Empire, now Ukraine) to the United States after the wave of anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905. And his maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Lybba Edelstein, were Lithuanian Jews who came to the United States in 1902.
As a musician, Dylan has made an unprecedented impact on the popular music, sometimes unknowingly, sometimes intentionally, and sometimes reluctantly - as in the case of his early songs, adopted as anthems by most radical of his audiences.
Ironically, the artifacts of these early works are now fetching record sums on auctions... Dylan's Fender Stratocaster which he had played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival was sold for $965,000, and his hand-written lyrics of "Like a Rolling Stone" (also 1965) was sold for $2 million dollars, an absolute record for a popular music manuscript!
Up to date, he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling artists of all time. His recordings have won him numerous awards, including eleven Grammys, plus a Golden Globe and an Academy Award (both for "Things Have Changed" from the Wonder Boys film). For his contribution to the music industry, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He also holds two honorary doctorates (in music, naturally): from Princeton University in the United States and St. Andrews University in Scotland.
As an artist and songwriter, Dylan has had considerable success, publishing six books of drawings and paintings, and exhibiting major art galleries. In 2008, the Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him with a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the hands of President Barack Obama.
Dylan's private life has been as productive as his musical career; he has been married twice and has five children, including an adopted daughter. He currently lives and works in Malibu, California.
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