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 Robert Allen Zimmerman
Full Name: Robert Allen Zimmerman
Born: May. 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota

The American counterculture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s was one of the most amazing, exciting and, in many ways, successful revolutions in history. It was powered largely by music, and probably no musician is more closely associated with that intoxicating era than folk singer Bob Dylan, who was often called the voice of his generation. Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the U.S. civil rights and anti-war movements. Sweetening the pie, Dylan was romantically involved with Joan Baez, the undisputed Queen of Folk.

But, like a rolling stone, Dylan moved on, seemingly forsaking his roots. Shocked fans screamed “Traitor!” when Dylan picked up an electric guitar. Many observers complained that Dylan’s music had become insipid and meaningless. Others joked that they were as relevant as ever; they just targeted a new audience that was insipid and meaningless.

Dylan has received many awards over the years, most of which he probably deserves. But receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama isn’t something to be proud of.

What do you think? Was Bob Dylan a fraud from the very beginning, or did he just continue evolving as an artist...before selling out to Obama?