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  Born in Duluth Minnesota in 1941, Robert Zimmerman learned to play the guitar and harmonica as a child. Inspired by such blues and country artists as Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, Zimmerman would form a band in high school called the Golden Chords. After graduating in 1959, Zimmerman enrolled in the art program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During his time at college he would play folk songs at local coffee houses, and it was at this time that he changed his name to Bob Dylan, crediting the change in last name to poet Dylan Thomas.