In photo: US musician Bob Dylan performs during on day 2 of The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent on June 30 2012. Photograph: (AFP)
Today, Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature 'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'
American music legend Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Literature Prize 'for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,' the Swedish Academy said today.
He is the first songwriter to win the prestigious award, international agency AFP reported.
"He is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition," permanent secretary at the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said.
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Dylan (75), born in Duluth, Minnesota, grew up in a Jewish middle-class family in the city of Hibbing, the Academy said in an official statement.
"As a teenager he played in various bands and with time his interest in music deepened, with a particular passion for American folk music and blues. One of his idols was the folk singer Woody Guthrie. He was also influenced by the early authors of the Beat Generation, as well as by modernist poets," the statement added.
The music icon's influence on "contemporary music is profound and he is the object of a steady stream of secondary literature", the Academy observed. He has toured persistently since 1980s, an undertaking called the “Never-Ending Tour”.
"As an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as painter, actor and scriptwriter," the Academy further said.
Some of his memorable albums are: Bringing It All Back Home (1965), High-way 61 Revisited (1965), Blonde On Blonde (1996), Blood On The Tracks (1975), Oh Mercy (1989), Time Out Of Mind (1997) and Modern Times (2006).
The songwriter has also published experimental works like Taran-tula (1971) and the collection Writings and Drawings (1973). His autobiography Chronicles (2004), depicts "memories from the early years in New York and which provides glimpses of his life at the center of popular culture," the official statement by the Academy further highlights.
(WION with inputs from agencies)