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September 2011 Archives

North Country Nomad

Exploring the American journey of Bob Dylan

Joan_Baez_Bob_Dylan.jpgLike a rolling stone, the man born Robert Allen Zimmerman bounced around Minnesota before going on to become one of the state's most famous sons.

Following his graduation from Hibbing High School in 1959, Zimmerman enrolled at the U of M, adopted a new moniker, became a staple on the Dinkytown folk music scene, dropped out of the U of M, and then headed for New York City in 1961.

Now age 70 and better known as Bob Dylan, the gravelly voiced singer/songwriter's works still bear the hallmarks of his "North Country" heritage.

"The North Country influences on Bob Dylan are evident in his work. There's an abiding respect for the working class, especially the mining folk, and you can hear it throughout his career," says Dylan historian and U of M music professor, Alex Lubet. Lubet, who will be teaching a fall short course on Bob Dylan, has been a fan--and later a scholar--of Bob Dylan ever since he first heard the artist's Freewheelin' in the 1960s.