Songwriter Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Literature Prize 2016
Legendary 75-year-old American rock star Bob Dylan has been awarded Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 for having 'created new poetic expression within the song tradition'.
He is the first songwriter to win the award in literature that has stunned all prize watchers. He is regarded by many as the voice of a generation because of his influential music and lyrics from the 1960s onwards.
Bob Dylan began his musical career in 1959. He was born on May 24, 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota. He grew up in a Jewish middle-class family. His original name was Robert Allen Zimmerman which he legally changed to Bob Dylan in 1962 influenced by the poetry of Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas.
At the age of 20, Bob signed his first contract with Columbia Records. After dropping out of college Bob moved to New York in 1960. Importantly much of his best-known work dates from the 1960s, His first album had only two original songs but became best known for his works like 'Blowin' in the wind','The times they are a-changing' and 'Mr. Tambourine man'. He also confronted social injustice, racism, war and quickly becoming a prominent civil rights campaigner. He recorded an astonishing 300 songs in his first three years. The singer has performed at an estimated 100 concerts per year since 1988. He has been touring almost without interruption- that dubbed as the “Never-Ending Tour”.
His net worth is estimated to be around $80 million and features on the number 29 spot of the richest lead singers in the world. He will take home the eight million kronor ($906,000 or 822,000 euros) prize sum.
Already he has won 11 Grammy awards, one Golden Globe, and an Oscar in 2001, in the movie "Wonder Boys ". He got the oscar for best original song "Things have Changed".
His own response to receiving the prize yet to be known. He hardly gives any interviews. He is the first US citizen to win the prize in literature since author Toni Morrison in 1993.
Author Salman Rushdie hailed Dylan as a "great choice".