What Is Bob Dylan’s 

Real Name

The Story of Robert Allen Zimmerman

Bob Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota and spent most of his childhood in Hibbing. He found his love of music early and formed several bands in high school. In college, he lost his taste for rock and took up folk music. He dropped out of college and made his way to New York City to visit Woody Guthrie. He befriended Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and performed in local clubs in Greenwich Village.

His second album, The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, established him as a singer-songwriter to watch. He returned to his rock and roll roots and had success with singles such as Like a Rolling Stone.

Why Did Bob Dylan Change His Name?

Bob Dylan experimented with Elston Gunn to become the character on stage, and his new identity gave him the confidence to write songs that imprinted the culture of the 60s and 70s.

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