Influential Songwriter Bob Dylan, A Product Of Minnesota, Is 70 Years Wise
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (05/24/2011) - One of the most revered musical artists of the 20th Century who has roots in the Wisconsin - Minnesota area, Bob Dylan, is celebrating a birthday today (May 24th). As rock and roll legend Bob Dylan celebrates turning 70, Copia, the groundbreaking social eReading platform and web site, is honoring the event with a gift to fans of the American Icon.
Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941, and raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. He began his musical career in the 1950s and soon became a prolific songwriter of songs that were political, social and philosophical, as well as literary and memorable.
Initially inspired by the songs of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, Hank Williams, and the performance styles of Buddy Holly and Little Richard, Dylan has both amplified and personalized musical genres, exploring numerous distinct traditions in American song—from folk, blues and country to gospel, rock and roll, and rockabilly, to English, Scottish, and Irish folk music, embracing even jazz and swing.
Some of his best loved songs are featured regularly in the playlist at GreatGold Classic Hit Oldies on the internet, including "Like A Rolling Stone" from 1965. "Like A Rolling Stone" has been declared as one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Other songs written by Dylan include "Blowin' In The Wind", "The Times They Are A-Changin'", "Mr. Tambourine Man", and It Ain't Me Babe", to name just a few. GreatGold Classic Hit Oldies, a LoudCity.com member, can be heard using WinAmp, Windows MediaPlayer, RealPlayer, iTunes, and other streamed music players. For more about GreatGold Classic Hit Oldies, go to http://GreatGold.fm on the internet, or search for greatgold at LoudCity.com.
Dylan is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, not only because of his accomplishments and popularity among fans, but also for his influence on other musicians and songwriters. Yes, Dylan is 70s years wise now, but, then again, his song lyrics have all seemed like he was 70 years wise, since his career began.
As a songwriter and musician, Dylan has received numerous awards over the years including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards; he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2008, a road called the Bob Dylan Pathway was opened in the singer's honor in his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
Starting Tuesday, May 24 and continuing through June 6, Dylan fans will be able to visit the website www.thecopia.com and download Revolution in the Air, noted Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin's comprehensive, 446-page, song-by-song guide to Dylan's work from 1957–1973.
"We wanted to do something fun for readers and fans that would pay tribute to one of America's greatest songwriters and a true cultural legend," said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of Copia Interactive, LLC.
"Bob Dylan deserves to be studied and discussed, and we thought that Clinton Heylin's book would be a great way to pay tribute to the work and the man. Whether you are a casual fan or obsessive one, the book offers a wonderful way to appreciate his songs," Lowinger said.
Organized chronologically by the dates the songs were written, "Revolution in the Air" offers a combination of in-depth research from the world's leading Dylan biographer, as well as insightful commentary and critical opinions.
Dylan fans will be able to express and share their own opinions about the songs and the book by using Copia's unique annotation features, which will allow readers to make notes on the book and share them with other readers of Revolution in the Air.
"We think this is a terrific book for Copia readers to interact with. They can share their own thoughts about Dylan's work and about Heylin's interpretations. We look forward to reading lively debates in the margins of the book," said Seth Kaufman, Copia's VP of Merchandising and Marketing.
The link to Revolution in the Air is http://www.thecopia.com/catalog/details.html?catId=8665777. For Twitter, use http://tinyurl.com/3bpc9j7. Users must click the "Buy this Book" button to ensure they receive their free download.
Visit www.thecopia.com to learn more.
Copia (www.theCopia.com) is a social media and content delivery platform that brings together content, community and commerce to create an environment where users collaborate, socialize and buy content.
Copia is accessible across a broad array of digital devices and platforms including Mac, PC, Android, notebooks, netbooks, iPads, slates, smart phones and eReaders.
Copia OEM solutions are available for partners who want to benefit from the value of Copia's social commerce engine.
Copia Interactive, LLC is a DMC Capital Funding, LLC portfolio company (http://www.DMCCapitalFunding.com).
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