Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota to the family of an electric-appliance shop owner Abram Zimmerman and Beatrice "Beatty" Stone. Dylan's paternal grandparents, Zigman and Anna Zimmerman emigrated from Odessa in the Russian Empire (now Ukraine) to the United States following the anti-Semitic outrages of 1905. His maternal grandparents, Ben and Florence Stone, were Lithuanian Jews who arrived in the United States in 1902. In his autobiography, Dylan wrote that his paternal grandmother's maiden name was Kirghiz and her family originated from the Kağızman district of Kars Province in northeastern Turkey.
From the age of six, Bob Dylan and his younger brother David were raised in the northern mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota, on the Mesabi Range west of Lake Superior. By the time he was ten, Dylan began to get piano lessons and he was beginning to listen to the country, blues, and (a little later) the rock 'n' roll. His earliest musical influences, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker, were brought to him via the airwaves of a Shreveport, Louisiana, radio station. In his teens, Dylan's father bought him an electric guitar and he started a series of rock 'n' roll cover bands with friends from school and summer camp called The Jokers, The Shadow Blasters, and, lastly, The Golden Chords. As well as a group he fronted under the pseudonym, Elston Gunn. Between the ages of 10 and 18, Dylan ran away from home seven times.