Pop music icon Bob Dylan was awarded the noble prize for Literature on October 13 last year, ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.
The 75 year old American is the first songwriter to win the literature prize. He neither made it to the award ceremony nor did he deliver the lecture that is required to receive the 8 million Kroner ($910,000). Bob will now formally accept his Noble Literature Prize in a closed-door ceremony in Stockholm this weekend.
Dylan raised a few controversies when he took two weeks to officially respond to the stature of honour. In response to such bizarre behaviour, members of the Academy called him ‘impolite and arrogant’. He issued a statement through the Nobel Foundation saying that he was perplexed by the honour bestowed upon him. He added that it’s hard to believe that being a songwriter you could even be considered a candidate. He termed it ‘amazing honour’.
The classic lyrics written by him that was responsible for the win are:
From ‘Blowin’ In The Wind, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, The Times They Are A-Changin, It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding), Subterranean Homesick Blues’, Like A Rolling Stone, Lay Lady Lay, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Shelter from the Storm, Sara, Hurricane and Blind Willie McTell.
These songs helped influence popular music, culture and brought about a chronicle social unrest in the 1960s. His journey from self-learning the harmonica, guitar and paino to receiving a Nobel Prize in 2016 is quite remarkable. It wasn’t just him who was caught by surprise, it was everyone other than the jury who was awe-struck.
He snubbed the Nobel ceremony on December 10 quoting ‘he has pre-existing commitments’. But this intimate ceremony is going to be media proof. It is exclusive only for Academy members and Bob Dylan. Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Academy wrote ‘The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel Diploma and the Nobel Medal to congratulate him on winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held.’
If he doesn’t deliver his Nobel Lecture by June 10, he would have to forfeit the prize money.