The Times They Are A-Changin’: Bob Dylan Turns 70

1||Legendary musician and songwriter Bob Dylan turns 70 years-old today. In honor of his birthday, TPM takes a look back at Dylan through the ages. ||91040/picture-alliance / united archiv/Newscom&&

2||Dylan arrived in New York City in January 1961 just after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. To conceal a childhood in a conventional, even doting Jewish family in Hibbing, Minnesota, Dylan told tales of growing up as a runaway in the American West. ||91040/picture-alliance / united archiv/Newscom&&

3||By the end of 1961 Dylan had become a staple of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. ||Scripps Howard Photo Service/Newscom&&

4|| Cover photo for 1963’s The Times They Are a-Changin’ ||Album/Album/Newscom&&

5||Bob Dylan smokes a cigarette in an interview in 1964. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

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7||Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the March on Washington, D.C in 1963. ||National Archives&&

8||Bob Dylan with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Greenwood, Mississippi, 1963. ||Wikimedia&&

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11||Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on the Thames Embankment 1965. ||Gavin Kent Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

12||Dylan and Baez were friends and on and off again lovers through crucial years in the early-mid-1960s. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

13||Bob Dylan arriving at a London airport for a tour in 1965. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

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15||Bob Dylan on the Thames Embankment in 1965 with mid-60s sidekick Bobby Neuwirth. ||Kent Gavin Mirrorpix/Newscom^&&

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18||Bob Dylan at Royal Albert Hall in 1965. ||MacDonald Alisdair Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

19||Bob Dylan in Washington, DC in 1968. ||Dennis Brack/Dennis Brack/Newscom&&

20|| Dylan’s move from unadorned, acoustic folk music to electric, blues-infused rock changed American music and cut a deep rift between his fans. Tours through 1965 and 1966 often witnessed competing applause and boos from fans. ||Toronto Star/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

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22||Bob Dylan with wife Sara at Heathrow airport in 1969. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

23|| Dylan had artistically uneven years in the early 1970s before releasing Blood on the Tracks in 1975, considered by many to be one of the best albums in his 50 year career. || Ken Regan/EFE/Newscom&&

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26||Bob Dylan at Earls Court in London in 1978 ||Dennis Stone/Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

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28||Bob Dylan, receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Kennedy Center from President Clinton. ||LARRY DOWNING/RTR/Newscom&&

29||Bob Dylan, receiving a Golden Globe award for his song, “Things Have Changed,” in 2001. ||HO/RTR/Newscom&&

30|| In the mid-1990s Dylan managed a late career artistic resurgence, releasing a series of his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums of his career. Most consider the turning point 1997’s Time Out of Mind. ||Agencia el Universal/El Universal de Mexico/Newscom&&

31||Bob Dylan shakes hands with President Obama after his performance at the White House in 2010. ||Pete Souza/UPI/Newscom&&

32||Bob Dylan performing at the White House in 2010. || u99/u99/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

33||Bob Dylan performing “Maggie’s Farm” at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011. ||LUCY NICHOLSON/RTR/Newscom&&

34||Bob Dylan performing in China for the first time in 2011. ||YAN BING/FEATURECHINA/Newscom&&

35|| Since the late 1980s Dylan has been on what is often called the ‘Never Ending Tour’, a calendar of almost constant touring around the globe with what most consider the tightest backing band of his career. ||c32/c32/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

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