Some people are poets; some are singers. The person I am about to talk today belongs from the third group, they are legends. He knows how to use a pen that might defeat a sword. He has made tremendous contribution in the fields of songwriting, songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin” were frequently used during the American civil rights and anti war movements.
I am going to talk about me today.
The honour goes to Bob Dylan, the first songwriter who received Nobel Prize in literature.
Bob Dylan was influenced from the popular poet Dylan Thomas to give up his birth name Robert Allen Zimmerman. In his words “You’re born, you know, the wrong names, wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free.”
He was raised in Minnesota.
The world of rock’n’roll failed to lure Dylan in its arms. He grew a fondness for folk music as he claimed those songs are filled with more despair, more sadness, more triumph, more faith in the supernatural, much deeper feelings. He believed rock’n’roll ain’t enough for him; he felt the need to make it better.
He got involved with Dinkytown folk music circuit, after performing at local coffeehouse.
Bob Dylan has released 37 studio albums, 58 singles and 11 live albums, 12 albums comprising The Bootleg Series, and numerous compilation albums so far.
Over the span of 5 decades, he has sold over 100 million records. This makes him one of the best selling artists of all time. His experimentation with the musical genres gives a distinctive sound to his songs.
He is well known for his paintings, his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. He has written 6 books based on paintings and drawings since 1994.
The list of his accolades will keep you occupied for several minutes.
Some of the well known wards he has received are twelve Grammy Awards, one Academy Award and one Golden Globe Award.
He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. In May 2012, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Although, his biggest achievement is that he got the honor to be turned into a blog and was put on this site.
Just kidding. I definitely deserve a Nobel Prize for my witty humor, one day I will win for sure.
Yes, you got that right. He received the prestigious Nobel Prize on 13 October, 2016. This event caused ripples in the world of entertainment; he proved that a man with a guitar and few words can deliver a message strong enough to give new direction to the course of music.
Reactions to his Nobel Prize triumph
“Holy mother of god. Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize.” – Rosanne Cash, the songwriter and daughter of Johnny Cash.
“From Orpheus to Faiz, song & poetry have been closely linked. Dylan is the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition. Great choice.” – Salman Rushdie
Everyone didn’t respond with same enthusiastic manner, some were critical. It was questioned if he was the right choice for the award.
“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.
“I’m happy for Bob Dylan, #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?” – Jodi Picoult, a highly respectable novelist.
“The distinctive thing about literature is that it involves reading silently to oneself” – Stephen Metcalf.
Even a lot of websites backed the doubt if Dylan was the right choice for the award.
There will always be a yang to the yin. So you can check some of these songs from the artist and decide for yourself if he deserved the award or not.
- Like a Rolling Stone
- The Times They Are A-Changin’
- Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
- Desolation Row