So much has been said and written about the music, the poetry and the persona. For over five decades his name has been synonymous with brilliant songwriting and, despite some periods of questionable material, he continues to write and record amazing music into his 70s.
Given his enormous importance as both a musician and a historical figure, one could spend endless amounts of time discussing every element of his 54-year career from all manner of perspectives.
What makes Bob Dylan so important, whether you like his music or not, is that he's staunch in his artistic vision. While this has led to a couple of creative missteps over the years, it has also placed Dylan at the forefront of great musical and cultural changes more than once in his life.
In this piece, we will examine four very different aspects of Dylan's career. His influence on musicians of all genres and statures, the controversial decision to "go electric" in July 1965, his unique late period, and the fans that have helped build such a cult around the artist.