Robert Allen Zimmerman was born May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, where he grew up listening to music on the radio. After he entered college at the University of Minnesota, he fell in love with folk music, traded in his electric guitar for the acoustic variety, and began performing under the name of Bob Dylan.
Early on, Dylan became involved in social activism, writing his music to underscore his point and his passion. His most famous song, Blowin' in the Wind, became a worldwide hit for Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s. Today, he continues to tour, write and sing, releasing a new album in July 2008: Tell Tale Signs: Rare And Unreleased 1989-2006.