Bob Dylan High School:
|Hibbing High School, Hibbing, Minnesota, USA|
Bob Dylan College:
|University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (dropped out)|
Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, was raised in Hibbing, Minnesota as part of a small but close Jewish community in the area. He spent his childhood listening to blues and country on the radio, but as a teenager attending Hibbing High School switched his allegiance to early rock and roll. In his adolescence he formed several bands, such as the Golden Chords, which played covers of Little Richard and Elvis Presley. Their performance of "Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay" at the high school talent show was so loud that the principal cut off their microphones. Clearly, young Dylan was ambitious: His caption under his high school yearbook photo read, "Robert Zimmerman: to join 'Little Richard'". Upon graduation he moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota, where he became more interested in American folk music. Soon he became involved in the local folk music circuit, performing regularly at the Ten O'Clock Scholar, but as for his scholarly habits at school, they gave way to music when he dropped out of college in 1960. In place of a degree, he moved to New York City to get his music education from the likes of Woody Guthrie, whom he visited in the hospital, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, whom he befriended. Obviously, Dylan's focus on music was fruitful, culminating in a larger-than-life career as one of the most famous singer-songwriters on the planet, with more than 100 million records sold and innumerable music awards and inductions.