Bob Dylan gewinnt den Literaturnobelpreis „for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition“. Dylan ist damit der erste Songwriter, der den Nobelpreis für Literatur gewinnt. „Disillusioned words like bullets bark, As human gods aim for their mark“. Glückwunsch, Rollin' Stone!
Sara Danils, permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, describes Dylan as “A great sampler … and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”
Start with Blonde on Blonde, she said... “An extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming. putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.”
Danils said that though the choice might seem surprising , “if you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”