Bob Dylan is one of the few American singer-songwriters who has earned a worldwide popular following while at the same time appealing to the counterculture movement. Even though he long ago entered the cultural mainstream—he’s won 11 Grammys, a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, and the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom—Dylan earned his early accolades with a unique brand of songwriting and poetically caustic lyrics. He is also one of America’s most prolific musical minds, with over 40 albums (and six books of painting and drawing) to his name since 1962.
So it shouldn’t be that surprising that Dylan is supposedly releasing a new album in August, possibly called “Shadows in the Night.” But even then we sort of wonder: After five decades of music and non-stop touring, why does he keep going? And that in turn begs the question—Who is Bob Dylan, the enigmatic musician we all know so well?