-Dev Ankur Wadhawan
US singer Bob Dylan has become the first songwriter to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy has recognized his works done over the years, including in the albums, The Times They Are A-Changin’ ( 1964 ); Highway 61 Revisited ( 1965 ); Self Portrait ( 1970 ); Blood On The Tracks ( 1975 ); Street Legal ( 1978 ).
The Academy has mentioned that, As an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as painter, actor and scriptwriter. It also goes on to state, “ Besides his large production of albums, Dylan has published experimental work like Tarantula (1971) and the collection Writings and Drawings (1973). He has written the autobiography Chronicles (2004), which depicts memories from the early years in New York and which provides glimpses of his life at the center of popular culture. Since the late 1980s, Bob Dylan has toured persistenly, 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.”
Sara Danus, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy reportedly mentioned that Dylan was chosen because he was a great poet in the English speakng tradition.
Even though Dylan was consideresd as a potential prize recipient on several ocassions in the past, not too many expected the Swedish Academy to award him the prize this year for his work in the genre of folk rock music.
Bob Dylan was born in Minnesota in the Unites States of America in the year 1941. But he began his muscial career in the year 1959, playing in coffee houses. He played in various bands as a teenager. However, with the passage of time, his interest in music grew. He was influenced by the early aiuthors of the Beat Generation and folk singer Woody Guthrie was his idols.
The award will be presented to Bob Duylan on the 10th of December, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death alongside the other five Nobel Prizes this year.