Bob Dylan awarded 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature

Bob Dylan, Woodstock, N.Y., 1968. (Elliott Landy/Press License, Landy-The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot)

Bob Dylan, Woodstock, N.Y., 1968. (Elliott Landy/Press License, Landy-The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot)

(JTA) – American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dylan, 75, was awarded the prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 and raised Jewish in Minnesota, Dylan wrote some of the most influential and well-known songs of the 1960s and beyond. His hits include “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Times They Are a-Changin’.”

He is the first American to receive the prize in more than 20 years. Novelist Toni Morrison won in 1993.  He will receive the prize of $927,740 in Stockholm on December 10, which is Alfred Nobel’s birthday.

Click here to read Ottawa Jewish Bulletin editor Michael Regenstreif’s essay, “Bob Dylan at 75,” published May 24, 2016 on the Folk Roots/Folk Branches blog.

1 Comment

  1. Carolyn Hester says

    Am very pleased to hear that Dylan and his songs, his ideas are being honored.
    Proud to have shared that time with many of you and hope this event will help further
    spread the Spirit of the Sixties when we sang for the love of it and for the power of
    our songs to change the world. Let’s don’t give up an inch of what we did together.
    Congratulations Bob Dylan.

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