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Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« on: October 16, 2016, 12:44:01 PM »

Knockin’ on history’s door

Bob Dylan wins a Nobel prize

Oct 13th 2016

BY J.T.
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BOB DYLAN might not seem to have much in common with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and William Butler Yeats. But as of October 13th, they are bound together by the Nobel prize in literature. The Swedish Academy has awarded the medal annually since 1901 “to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”, as requested by the will of Alfred Nobel. Mr Dylan won this year’s accolade “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Few people would challenge that description of his impact on popular music. Many have questioned the decision to recognise it with the same honour that was once bestowed upon George Bernard Shaw, Jean-Paul Sartre and Rudyard Kipling.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2016, 12:44:57 PM »

Giving a prize that is usually reserved for writers of literature to a world-renowned musician might seem as daft and gimmicky as awarding Barack Obama the Nobel Peace prize less than a year into his presidency. But not all past recipients of the literary award have been famed for writing novels, plays or poems. Winston Churchill collected it in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”. Philosophers Bertrand Russell and Henri Bergson are both on the list of laureates. Indeed, Mr Dylan isn’t even the first songwriter to win. Rabindranath Tagore, whose creative output included thousands of Bengali songs, was chosen in 1913 for his “sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse”.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2016, 12:46:02 PM »

Sara Danius, a professor of literature at Stockholm University and the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, justified this year’s choice by comparing him to Homer and Sappho: ancient Greek poets whose verses were “meant to be performed, often together with instruments”. Though the link might seem tenuous, literary history is well stocked with works that were penned with listeners in mind. Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and Robert Burns all wrote for live audiences and produced plenty of song lyrics, too. The idea that contemporary singers belong in that lineage is gaining support in bookish circles. Sir Christopher Ricks, a former professor of poetry at Oxford University and one of the most famous living literary critics, wrote a book about Mr Dylan’s verse with a particular focus on his allusions to T. S. Eliot and John Keats. Sir Salman Rushdie described Mr Dylan today as the “brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition”. Yet it is hard to imagine either man rating the singer above Mark Twain, Vladimir Nabokov, James Joyce or Anton Chekhov. None of those names appear on the roll of honour.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2016, 12:50:22 PM »

Regardless of what you think about Mr Dylan’s fitness to join the ranks of John Steinbeck and William Faulkner as American Nobel laureates, you cannot deny his influence on modern song-writing. Popular tunes tend to have bland, clichéd lyrics. As Mr Dylan was recording his first singles, radios across the land blared “round, round, get around, I get around” and “she loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah”. His protest songs brought him to fame—he performed during the March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech—but he was not the first popular musician to dabble with more weighty topics. Woody Guthrie sang in defence of labour unions in the 1940s, around the same time that Billie Holiday was lamenting lynchings in “Strange Fruit”. What made Mr Dylan exceptional was the way that he phrased his thoughts.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2016, 12:51:31 PM »

Words in his songs rarely go together conventionally. At times the result is gibberish. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” might sound anarchic, but it is hard to make sense of “jump down a manhole / Light yourself a candle / Don’t wear sandals”. “Tarantula”, his book of stream-of-consciousness poetry, contains such oddities as “the chief of police holding a bazooka with his name engraved on it coming in drunk and putting the barrel into the face of a lawyer’s pig”. Occasionally, when recording a time-honoured ballad or a tale of injustice, his lyrics are straightforward and bare. But at his best, every word has been chosen deliberately to produce a complex, unusual effect. “Blowin’ in the Wind” might have the simple language of a parable; it is hard to imagine somebody before Mr Dylan, however, describing a white dove sailing many seas before she sleeps in the sand. Most of his compositions are made up of such images, viewed one after another.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2016, 12:52:28 PM »

His contribution to music has been the understanding that lyrics don’t have to follow the rules of everyday speech. He has inspired generations of song-writers to combine words in unusual and interesting ways. When Paul Simon wrote that he had “squandered [his] resistance for a pocket full of mumbles”, or when Bruce Springsteen recalled “soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked in whispers”, they were mimicking Mr Dylan’s eccentricities. He once described the experience, with characteristic obscurity, as like disappearing through the smoke rings of his own mind. It is a journey that many others have repeated.

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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2016, 01:10:57 PM »

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize win stirs fierce social media reaction

By Bianca Britton, CNN
October 13, 2016



(CNN)Bob Dylan has become the first songwriter to win a Nobel Prize in Literature, drawing praise from many on social media while others expressed shock and even amusement.

The award for Dylan appeared to divide Twitter users as some argued the unconventional winner wasn't deserving, particularly because he isn't in the established canon of literary writers.

"I like Bob Dylan as much as anyone, but this still seems a little strange," Eric Gordy wrote on Twitter.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2016, 01:35:11 PM »

Another said that while he appreciates Dylan's selection, he is concerned about the future of the award.

"My worry is not Bob Dylan winning, but flood gates opening for lyricists in future," Kabir Taneja said, attaching the lyrics of Rihanna's song "Work."

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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2016, 01:47:09 PM »

Others were amused, writing: "My dad has been a Bob Dylan fan for over 50 years, and even he thinks this is hilarious." (13 Oct, Michael Deacon)

Some even predicted what trivia contests of the future would look like: "In 20 years time 'what did Bob Dylan and Winston Churchill have in common?' will be great quiz question." (13 Oct 2016, Duncan Weldon)

And while the famous singer-songwriter was rewarded for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," one user questioned whether younger generations even know who the 75-year-old is.

"Millennial populations furiously Googling who Bob Dylan is," Kabir Taneja posted on Twitter.

And others, such as Pamela Paul, expressed disappointment that so many "deserving novelists" missed out.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2016, 02:05:20 PM »

But not everyone was making fun of Dylan's achievement, some defended the winner.

"Folks: Songwriting is writing, and Bob Dylan is one of the most influential writers in the last 100 years. It's a defensible Nobel pick," John Scalzi tweeted.

Max du Preez called out the "intellectual snobs" who criticized the songwriter and said he was backing Dylan.

While Robyn Hitchcock reminisced and said Dylan "launched me and many others on oceans of which we'd never dreamed..."

Many rejoiced in the "great news," adding that Dylan's words are still relevant today.

His words still resonate today. FINALLY some great news! #Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature (13 Oct 2016, Nikki Busch)

A self-professed expert also praised the singer's win: "As a Pop Culture professor I have to do a fist pump and say YES! Dylan won a Nobel Prize in Lit!"[/color] (13 Oct 2016, Mike Posey)

And others simply tweeted in excitement: "Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize. Yes. Yes. Yes." (13 Oct 2016, Jeff Daniels)

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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2016, 02:09:08 PM »

Photos: Bob Dylan: Voice of a generation


Bob Dylan smokes a cigarette circa 1966. Dylan's music spoke to a generation of people during the 1960s, a tumultuous decade that forever changed America. He went on to become a rock 'n' roll legend and influence many musicians to come. In October 2016, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2016, 02:13:43 PM »


Dylan performs in 1961 at The Bitter End club in New York City. His first album, "Bob Dylan," debuted in 1962 and consisted mostly of old folk songs.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2016, 02:17:51 PM »


Joan Baez and Dylan perform during the March on Washington, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, on August 28, 1963.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2016, 02:26:03 PM »


Dylan performs on stage in the 1960s. Dylan was known in his early career for playing the guitar and the harmonica, and for his distinctive vocal phrasing.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2016, 02:28:50 PM »


Dylan listens to recordings of his album "Highway 61 Revisited" in 1965. It contained "Like a Rolling Stone," which went to No. 2 on U.S. charts.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2016, 02:33:54 PM »


George Harrison and Dylan perform in the Concert for Bangladesh, held August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The concert earned them the Grammy Award for Album of the Year along with Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and Ringo Starr.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2016, 02:38:05 PM »


Dylan appears on set for the film "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" in 1973. Dylan also recorded the soundtrack for the film.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2016, 02:43:59 PM »


Dylan performs on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1974.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2016, 02:46:10 PM »


Dylan performs with Robbie Robertson of The Band, right, and Van Morrison at The Band's farewell concert in 1976.
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Re: Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate for Literature
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2016, 03:54:16 PM »


Dylan performs with Tom Petty at Farm Aid in Chicago in 1985.
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