London, May 24 : Music legend Bob Dylan, who in the last 50 years has been seen in a variety of avatars as singer, songwriter, poet and painter and whose lyrics were lapped up by the then burgeoning counter-culture generation, turned 70 Tuesday and best wishes came pouring in from the likes of Martin Scorsese and Anthony Kiedis.
Scorsese, who directed a documentary titled ‘No Direction Home’ that captured Dylan’s life from 1961 to 1966, paid tribute to the singer-cum-songwriter.
‘All my life, Bob Dylan has been there for me,’ RTE Ten, an entertainment website, quoted Scorsese as saying.
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Kiedis said: ‘Bob Dylan is a wave. He’s a moving body of energy built of melodies, words, rhythms, ideas, and attitudes that have swept over the world since the year of my birth.’
Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota, Dylan was raised in Hibbing.
He has been one of the important figures on the music scene for five decades and is known for revolutionising popular music in 1965 with the six-minute single ‘Like a Rolling Stone’.
Winner of numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe, and the Academy Award, he also has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.