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Cake Is Just A Four-Letter Word: Dylan Turns 70

Robert Allen Zimmerman, known to many as Bob Dylan, was born May 24, 1941. FolkAlley.com is celebrating Dylan's 70th birthday with a special four-hour stream that features many artists paying tribute to the prolific and influential songwriter.

  • Robert Allen Zimmerman, known to most as Bob Dylan, was born May 24, 1941. The native Minnesotan relocated to the Big Apple in 1961 after dropping out of college; he's shown here in 1962.
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    Robert Allen Zimmerman, known to most as Bob Dylan, was born May 24, 1941. The native Minnesotan relocated to the Big Apple in 1961 after dropping out of college; he's shown here in 1962.
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  • Dylan, who had legally changed his name in 1962, performs with Joan Baez in 1963.
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    Dylan, who had legally changed his name in 1962, performs with Joan Baez in 1963.
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  • Dylan sports shades in London in April 1965. In March of that year he had made his first move toward electric instruments when he released "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
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    Dylan sports shades in London in April 1965. In March of that year he had made his first move toward electric instruments when he released "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
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  • Dylan at a London press conference. The previous summer, his first electric concert — at the Newport Folk Festival — prompted boos from the audience, and he left the stage after only three songs.
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    Dylan at a London press conference. The previous summer, his first electric concert — at the Newport Folk Festival — prompted boos from the audience, and he left the stage after only three songs.
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  • Dylan in concert in 1974.
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    Dylan in concert in 1974.
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  • Dylan performs in 2009. President Bill Clinton once said of him, "He probably had more impact on people of my generation than any other creative artist."
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    Dylan performs in 2009. President Bill Clinton once said of him, "He probably had more impact on people of my generation than any other creative artist."
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Hear music from Joan Baez, Tim O'Brien, Rosanne Cash, Jimmy Lafave, Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Davis, Lucy Kaplansky, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffith, Sarah Jarosz, many others — and Dylan himself.

See more photos of "Bob Dylan Through the Years" at Life.

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