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Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1941, and released his first album, “Bob Dylan,” in 1962. That eponymous album consisted mostly of cover versions of old folk songs.
The Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 2016 was awarded to storyteller, poet and musician Bob Dylan. This is the first time an American has won the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993. Bob Dylan was granted this prestigious award, historically given to artists that affect political and social change through their work.
Bob Dylan is an inspirational artist. He reinvented himself several times during his career. Dylan’s music and lyrics spoke to a generation of people during the ’60s. His influence continues in rock, country and pop music today.
The Nobel Committee said in a statement that Dylan had “recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics like the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love”.
Bob Dylan’s Nobel Peace Prize is not his first major accomplishment. Overall he has 10 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Dylan won a Pulitzer Prize special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” President Barack Obama presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Want to read more about Bob Dylan? Here are 4 books on Bob Dylan! Lawn Gnome Publishing believes this award solidifies Dylan’s lasting contribution to American poets, musicians and storytellers.
Bob Dylan Lyrics: Since 1962
The comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan, complete with expert annotations. A major publishing event – a beautiful, comprehensive collection of the lyrics of Bob Dylan with artwork from thirty-three albums, edited and with an introduction by Christopher Ricks.
Down the Highway: Life of Bob Dylan by Howard Sounes
This work celebrates the grandeur of Dylan’s artistic achievement and reveals the complete life story of the reclusive, mercurial and eccentric man who has been an enigma for so long. This biography is based on a mountain of research conducted over three years, including interviews with more than 250 people in Dylan’s life – lovers, friends, relatives, former employees and music stars.
Blowin’ In The Wind, Illustrated by John J Muth
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly / Before they’re forever banned? / The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…
Tarantula by Bob Dylan
Tarantula is an experimental prose poetry collection by Bob Dylan, written in 1965 and 1966. It employs stream of consciousness writing, somewhat in the style of Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg.
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