Bob Dylan receives Nobel Prize for Literature

American singer, songwriter and poet Bob Dylan received the luxurious award. Dylan grew up in a Jewish household and wrote hundreds of songs and poems that became irreplaceable parts of the music and poetry world.
Bob Dylan Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), the Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm, Sweden announced that the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature for will be awarded to American musician Bob Dylan. The committee explained that they chose Dylan for his contribution to American poetry.

The committee also mentioned that 75-year-old Dylan was born in Minnesota and was raised in a Jewish household as he grew up with a great passion for American blues.

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He wrote many protest songs Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Dylan moved to New York in 1961 and played in clubs and coffee shops in Greenwich Village. Dylan recorded many songs about politics, social issues, religion and love. One of Dylan's most famous protest songs was "Blowing in the Wind" that became the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement.

He performed fot the Pope Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Dylan's album "The Times They Are a-Changin" reflected the theme of the 1960's. "Highway 61" is considered to be Dylan's best album. The album's opening song, "Like a Rolling Stone,” is about a woman who loses everything and wanders into the streets.

One of his most well-known songs "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" was written in the 1970's for a movie soundtrack. Many artists did cover versions of this song including Israeli poet and singer Meir Ariel.

Later, Dylan wrote the song "Hurricane" that called for the release of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, an African-American boxer who was accused of murder. In the song, Dylan claims that Carter was convicted because of racial bias. Years later, an American court ruled that he wasn't the murderer after all and he was released.

In the last decades, Dylan received many accolades. He won a Grammy, performed for the Pope and even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Barack Obama.


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