Bob Dylan, 75, becomes the first Musician to receive the Nobel Prize award in its 115 years history.
Bob Dylan is an Legendary american songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He has been one of the most influential musician in the world of music culture. On Thursday, the Nobel committee stretched the boundaries of literature, after awarding the Nobel for his lyrical achievement.
This literary Nobel prize puts Dylan on same page with William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and Toni Morrison.
For the Nobel committee, lyrics like “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now” and “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” puts Dylan on the same page with William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison and other American Nobel laureates.
Is Bob Dylan a literature?
After awarding the literary honor to the Dylan, the Nobel committee has ignited both applause as well as a whole new level of discussion on “Is Bob Dylan Literature?” or “whether songwriting(no matter how good it is) can be leveled as literature.”
Despite the award has gain a fierce debate, Some Prominent writers like Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates and Salman Rushdie are praising the Nobel decision and celebrating Mr. Dylan’s literary achievements who called Mr. Dylan “the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition”.
Twitter’s has exploded with mixed reactions.
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 13, 2016
1 .“Bob Dylan winning a Nobel in Literature is like Mrs Fields being awarded 3 Michelin stars,” the novelist Rabih Alameddine wrote on Twitter. “This is almost as silly as Winston Churchill.”
Bob Dylan winning a Nobel in Literature is like Mrs Fields being awarded 3 Michelin stars. This is almost as silly as Winston Churchill.
— Rabih Alameddine (@rabihalameddine) October 13, 2016
2. Jodi Picoult, a best-selling novelist, snarkily asked, “I’m happy for Bob Dylan, #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?”
I'm happy for Bob Dylan. #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?
— Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) October 13, 2016
3. Prominent writer Salman Rushdie, celebrated Dylan’s literary achievements, called Mr. Dylan “the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition,” adding, “Great choice.”
From Orpheus to Faiz,song & poetry have been closely linked. Dylan is the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition.Great choice. #Nobel
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) October 13, 2016
4. Novelist Hari Kunzru Tweeted, “This feels like the lamest Nobel win since they gave it to Obama for not being Bush”.
This feels like the lamest Nobel win since they gave it to Obama for not being Bush
— Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) October 13, 2016
Here are few more writer’s reactions on Twitter
5. Jim Waterson
Nobel prize judges: "Shall we give it to an obscure Belarussian again?"
"Well it *would* be quite cool to get to meet Bob Dylan"
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) October 13, 2016
6. Erin Chack
INTERVIEWER: so, Mr. Dylan, you just won a nobel prize. How does it feel?
DYLAN: its a great hon—
INTERVIEWER: HOW DOES IT FEEE-AL?
— erin chack (@ErinChack) October 13, 2016
7. Stevie Van Zandt
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) October 13, 2016
8. Ken Tremendous
Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize is the first sign — the very first — that there is a light at the end of the 2016 tunnel.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 13, 2016
Bob Dylan’s renowned albums, which the Swedish Academy described as having “a tremendous impact on popular music,” include “Bringing It All Back Home” and “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965), “Blonde on Blonde” (1966), “Blood on the Tracks” (1975), “Oh Mercy” (1989), “Time Out Of Mind” (1997), “‘Love and Theft’” (2001) and “Modern Times” (2006). His 38 studio albums have sold over 120 million copies worldwide.
The Academy also added: “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.”
Mr. Dylan’s many honors include Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, won a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
The Nobel comes with a prize of 8 million Swedish kronor, or just over $900,000. The literature prize is given for a lifetime of writing rather than for a single work.