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Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature

By | Published on Friday 14 October 2016

Bob Dylan

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 has been awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

The last of this year’s Nobel Prize awards to be announced, organiser the Swedish Academy says of the musician: “Dylan has recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics such as: the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love. The lyrics have continuously been published in new editions, under the title ‘Lyrics’. As an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as painter, actor and scriptwriter”.

“Besides his large production of albums, Dylan has published experimental work like ‘Tarantula’ in 1971 and the collection ‘Writings and Drawings’ in 1973”, it continues. “He has written an autobiography, ‘Chronicles’, which depicts memories from the early years in New York and which provides glimpses of his life at the centre of popular culture. Since the late 1980s, Bob Dylan has toured persistently, an undertaking called the ‘Never-Ending Tour’. Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound, and he is the object of a steady stream of secondary literature”.

Yeah, so take that people who have slaved over actual literature. Maybe we should give a BRIT Award to Cormac McCarthy next year as some sort of cultural exchange.