‘Greatest vital poet’ Bob Dylan wins Nobel novel prize

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STOCKHOLM Bob Dylan, regarded as a voice of a era for his successful songs from a 1960s onwards, has won a Nobel Prize for Literature in a warn preference that done him a usually singer-songwriter to win a award.

The 75-year-old Dylan – who won a esteem for “having combined new elegant expressions within a good American strain tradition” – now finds himself in a association of Winston Churchill, Thomas Mann and Rudyard Kipling as Nobel laureates.

The proclamation was met with gasps in Stockholm’s noble Royal Academy hall, followed – scarcely – by some laughter.

Dylan’s songs, such as “Blowin’ in a Wind”, “The Times They Are a-Changin'”, “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Like a Rolling Stone” prisoner a suggestion of rebellion, gainsay and independence.

More than 50 years on, Dylan is still essay songs and is mostly on tour, behaving his unenlightened elegant lyrics, sung in a infrequently milling voice that has been ridiculed by detractors.

Some lyrics have resonated for decades.

“Blowin’ in a Wind”, created in 1962, was deliberate one of a many expressive folk songs of all time. “The Times They Are A-Changin'”, in that Dylan told Americans “your sons and your daughters are over your command”, was an anthem of a polite rights transformation and Vietnam War protests.

Awarding a 8 million Swedish climax ($930,000) prize, a Swedish Academy said: “Dylan has a standing of an icon. His change on contemporary song is profound.”

Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg said: “He is substantially a biggest vital poet.”

Asked if he suspicion Dylan’s Nobel harangue – traditionally given by a laureate in Stockholm after in a year – would be a concert, replied: “Let’s wish so.”

Over a years, not everybody has concluded that Dylan was a producer of a initial order. Novelist Norman Mailer countered: “If Dylan’s a poet, I’m a basketball player.”

Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of a Nobel Academy, told a news discussion there was “great unity” in a panel’s preference to give Dylan a prize.

Dylan has always been an puzzling figure. He went into privacy for months after a motorcycle pile-up in 1966, heading to stories that he had burst underneath a vigour of his new celebrity.

He was innate into a Jewish family though in a late 1970s converted to born-again Christianity and after pronounced he followed no orderly religion. At another indicate in his life, Dylan took adult boxing.

Dylan’s spokesman, Elliott Mintz, declined evident criticism when reached by phone, citing a early hour in Los Angeles, where it was 3 a.m. during a time of a announcement. Dylan was due to give a unison in Las Vegas on Thursday evening.

Literature was a final of this year’s Nobel prizes to be awarded. The esteem is named after dynamite contriver Alfred Nobel and has been awarded given 1901 for achievements in science, novel and assent in suitability with his will.

(Additional stating by Mia Shanley, Daniel Dickson and Simon Johnson; Editing by Alistair Scrutton and Louise Ireland)

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