ARTS & LEISURE

Bob Dylan to perform in Bucharest on June 2

Latest news on the iconic singer’s website lists Romania among the 2010’s tour locations. Hotnews reported yesterday Dylan would perform on June 2. The venue and ticket prices are yet to be disclosed. Bob Dylan is probably the only living legend left in the US that can, at 69, gather massive audience to his concerts. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in1941, he has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was at first an informal chronicler, and later an apparently reluctant figurehead of social unrest. A number of his songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. His early lyrics incorporated a variety of political, social and philosophical, as well as literary influences. They defied existing pop music conventions and appealed hugely to the then burgeoning counterculture. 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. Dylan performs with guitar, piano and harmonica. Backed by a changing line-up of musicians, he has toured steadily since the late 1980s on what has been dubbed the Never Ending Tour. His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but his greatest contribution is generally considered to be his songwriting.

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