Dylan Nobel 'a step towards his immortality': Joan Baez
Baez, who shared a romantic relationship with Dylan, helped launch him to stardom in the early 1960s. Photograph: (Getty)
Adding to a barrage of praises that continue to pour in for the Nobel-prize winning rock legend Bob Dylan, his longtime friend and former romantic partner Joan Baez said Dylan's prize is "a step towards his immortality".
Bob Dylan, the American music legend, won the Nobel Literature Prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition" yesterday.
"The rebellious, reclusive, unpredictable artist/composer is exactly where the Nobel Prize for Literature needs to be," she said.
Baez, an established folk singer, helped launch Dylan to stardom in the early 1960s. Despite their painfully awkward breakup in 1965, they continued to perform together. Dylan even apologised to Baez for not treating her well through a documentary on Baez.
Praising Dylan's gift with words she said never in her 60 years of experience had she heard songs more moving "in their depth, darkness, fury, mystery, beauty, and humour than Bob's".
"None has been more of a pleasure to sing. None will come again," she wrote on Facebook.
(WION with inputs from AFP)