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Bob Dylan Wins A Nobel.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has usually been given to poets and authors. Which is why the announcement last week to award it to singer and songwriter, Bob Dylan, took everyone by surprise.

In honoring him with the award, the Swedish Academy recognized Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He is the first musician to receive this award since the Nobel Awards began in 1901.

While the choice is unusual, the Nobel Committee has broken with tradition in the past. In 2015, the award was given to Svetlana Alexievich, a journalist and writer, who through her writings captured the lives and struggles of ordinary people in the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Union era (read HERE). In 1953, the award was given to Winston Churchill for his knowledge and brilliant oratory skills defending human values.

Bob Dylan: A Brief Bio

Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota to a Jewish family. After receiving his first guitar at age 14, Dylan started performing in local rock and roll bands as a high school student. It was in college that he was drawn to American folk and country music, and changed his name from Robert Allen Zimmerman to Bob Dylan.

Dylan moved to New York City in 1961 and performed in clubs and cafes in Greenwich Village to pay for his meals and rent. Soon he was getting noticed for his lyrics and voice, and developed a following. His first composition 'Blowin' in the Wind' took the musical world by storm. It was all uphill from there as he was invited to talk shows and music festivals.

The 1960s were a period of massive change in America with the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements. Dylan lent his voice to the protests, and many of his earlier songs were in support of these causes. Over time his songs moved away from politics to personal as well as weaved characters from history, literature, legend and the Bible.

Awards Flow

Dylan surprised the music community by adopting the electric guitar in 1965 and was banished by those who felt he had betrayed country music. Dylan, however, has continued touring and performing to sold-out audiences both in the US and internationally. He has been continuously touring since 1988, and his concerts have been nicknamed as the 'Never Ending Tour.'

Bob Dylan has reached the status of an icon. He has been recognized with several music awards, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, won an honorary Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Now, he has yet another feather in his cap - the Nobel Prize.

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Date:Oct 16, 2016
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