More than fifty years ago, Bob Dylan shocked the world with his voice, guitar playing, and thought-provoking lyrics. Although he was always recognized as a great songwriter, not a lot of people thought he would join the company of Gabriel García Márquez, T. S. Eliot, and Samuel Beckett. Bob Dylan, 75 years old, is the first musician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
When last week Swedish Academy awarded famous folk singer with the award many thought the boundaries of literature are being redefined, wondering whether song lyrics have the same value as novels and poetry.
A long time before Bob won Nobel Prize, literary scholars debated whether his songs can stand on their own as poetry and a remarkable amount of academic work has been done on his music and unique style.
Nobody can doubt Bob Dylan’s talent, but certain writers such as best-selling author Jodi Picoult tweeted: “I’m happy for Bob Dylan, #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?” Does Bob Dylan care? Probably not!
From the other side, prominent writers such as Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and Salman Rushdie congratulated Bob Dylan and recognized his literature achievement. Again, those who know his music and art might come to a conclusion that he doesn’t care about acclaims and recognition either.
The New York Times, The Guardian
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija