Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature

Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature

Bob Dylan received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

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  1. Roger Trigo Perez says:


  2. eldaytripper2 says:

    Dylan should record an audiobook of Moby Dick.

  3. willilam king says:

    very interesting style. I assume that’s Bob himself on the piano. It reminds me of Jack Kerouac’s free style poetry readings accompanied by Steve Allen on the piano (available here on Utube)

  4. James Crane says:

    What an absolute treasure this is

  5. Philip Doherty says:

    “Transported me into a world I’d never known”

  6. Graham Hobbs says:

    55 years on, sounds like Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie – classic Bob

  7. willilam king says:

    The content is interesting too. I myself enjoyed Leadbelly and Buddy Holly in the 1950″s but never ranked them up there with, say, Carl Perkins and Chuck Berry (and, of course Bob himself). Like Bob, All Quiet on the Western Front hit me like a ton of bricks when I first encountered it in the 1950″s. Years later, during the Viet Nam war, it was an important part of my decision to leave my home in Georgia and spend the next 50 years of my life here in Canada. I agree that it belongs right up there with Moby Dick and the Odyssey.

  8. Patrizia Benolich says:

    Sure was worth the wait! God Bless Bob Dylan!

  9. Patrizia Benolich says:

    Beautiful speech! He’s done honor to this magnificent award. Bless him!

  10. Timothy Gillis says:

    I don’t understand the criticism of Dylan discussing literature in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech. He begins by saying he doesn’t understand winning the award, so he tries to discuss the literary influences on his life as a way to explain it. He’s the most accomplished musician in history, and always will be. Future musicians will always begin their own journeys by discovering him. He’s a prophet: a simple genius, filled with humility. I think his examination of the books that moved him is a totally appropriate speech. Moby-Dick, The Inferno, The Odyssey are part of the pantheon of great lit. Whether he’s reminding you of a book you’ve read or introducing you to a book you should read, he’s ever the teacher, the guide.

  11. akshay kr says:

    how can someone dislike this

  12. Chris Baldwin says:

    something about him seemed permanent, and he filled me with conviction –

    you’ve seen your lusty lord donald stick a knife in his wife –

  13. Mark Kiemele says:

    Time travel to the Ten O’clock Scholar coffeehouse, Minneapolis, 1961 a la Ginsberg, W.C. Williams and Dylan Thomas. Thanks muchly Bob.

  14. Michael McDonald says:

    At times, Bob here sounds like Mitch Hedburg in the way he ends his sentences.

  15. Barak Zozosky says:

    Kinda sounds like Mitch Hedberg

  16. Adrian Nicholls says:

    Art in itself. Kudos to the Nobel Organisation for making this brave choice.

  17. Marcus Breen says:

    A roundabout explanation for a wonderful contribution to human life. Worthy of the Nobel!

  18. David Holler says:

    Most influential artist of our time. The Beatles wouldn’t have gone from ‘She Loves You’ to ‘Norwegian Wood’ without Dylan. The most copied vocal style to boot; ELO, Tom Petty, John Lennon, The Byrds and many others. Love listening to Bob read to me. He should do more audio books. What a great storyteller. The world’s a wonderful place when you hear Bob’s voice. Thank God it will never be silence; even after he’s gone.

  19. 100Equipoise says:

    Ring Them Bells

  20. TJamesBell says:


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