Legendary singer Bob Dylan won Nobel “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
The Swedish Academy said on Thursday in awarding the 8 million Swedish crown ($927,740) prize.
He is 75-year-old American singer-songwriter. His songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” “The Times They Are a-Changin,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Like a Rolling Stone” captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.
Dylan’s lyrics incorporate various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. His music defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the growing counter culture. Amongst his inspirations, have been the performance of Little Richard and the songwriting of Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson, and Hank Williams.
However, Bob Dylan worked towards amplifying and personalizing music genres. During his career spanning over 50 years, Dylan has dabbled with various genres, including, folk, blues and country, even gospel, rock and roll, and rock ability, besides English, Irish and Scottish folk music.
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