(born Robert Allen Zimmerman
on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, painter, poet and, more recently, disc jockey, who 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 then 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 both the civil rights
and the anti-war