- Published: Sunday, 16 October 2016 13:52
- Written by Marc C. Cancassi
Bringing it all back home: Dylan Wins the Noble Prize in Literature
Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
Imagine the surprise of hearing Bob Dylan's raw untrained voice for the very first time back in the mid-60s. Recently the world experienced the same revelation when the famed and coveted Noble Prize in Literature was awarded to Dylan. This was the first time this honor was bestowed upon a musician. (The last "award" hoisted upon him was "spokesman of a generation." One that Dylan refused to accept.) Although his press team acknowledged the award with enthusiasm the iconic singer and songwriter did not speak out about it publicly for several weeks.Subsequently the committee was left in the dark.
On the other end of the spectrum the public and press were thrilled to honor him. This was a watershed moment for both the Noble prize as well as for popular music itself.Yet Dylan chose to remain in the shadows.
A committee statement issued from the chairwoman stated that they would move forward and celebrate the honor, even if Dylan failed to show.
After approximately 2 weeks had passed without any form of communication from Dylan the Prize committee released a statement, indicating that his silence on this occasion could be cited as nothing less than rude(more accurately one member of the committee called Mr. Dylan 'impolite and arrogant'").
Unfortunately the committee does not know the real Bob Dylan.On October 29,Dylan finally broke his silence and stated to the Nobel Prize Committee that he was 'speechless' and was happy to accept the honor. Awesome Bob.