BY COUNCILOR NESS:
Robert Allen Zimmerman, also known as Bob Dylan, was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on May 24, 1941; and
Bob Dylan grew up in Hibbing and learned how to play guitar and harmonica as a youth, giving his first public performance in the Hibbing National Guard Armory as a member of the Golden Chords Band; and
Bob Dylan has made St. Louis County, Minnesota, known throughout the world with his references to the “hills of Duluth” in “Something There is About You,” the Iron Range mining industry in “North Country Blues” and “the north country fair” in “Girl from the North Country”; and
Bob Dylan is now recognized as one of the most influential poet/singer/songwriters in modern history combining influences of folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass genres; and
Bob Dylan has released 31 albums, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and has been hailed as one of the three greatest influences on 20th Century music, with Elvis Presley and the Beatles; and
Our recognition of Bob Dylan’s roots in Duluth is also a recognition of the talent that is born in our community every day. The spirit of artistic freedom and expression that Dylan represents is alive, well and thriving in Duluth; it is part of our heritage.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council places honorary
designation of the vicinity of a Duluth city street to Bob Dylan commemorative
area. The official street name will remain the same. The commemorative
area is the vicinity of
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that no cost shall be incurred by the city for this initiative. All costs associated with the honorary designation must be raised by private parties.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution creates a commemorative area to honor an important native Duluthian.