Bob Dylan speaks out over Nobel Prize win


Legendary singer Bob Dylan has spoken out for the first time since becoming the first musician in history to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Mr Dyan, 75, has said he was “speechless” when he found out he had won.
It was a controversial decision from Nobel Prize judges who said they had chosen to hand the accolade to Mr Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
The Swedish Academy responsible for the prize giving said that he had told its permanent secretary Sara Danius how much he appreciated the honour. He is also reported to have told Ms Danius that when he heard the news he was speechless.
My Dylan had come in for criticism when he did not comment immediately on his win and was called impolite and arrogant.
However he has now talked about how much he appreciates the accolade and that he definitely wants to attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in December if he can.
Mr Dylan said being given such a prestigious prize was hard to believe, amazing and incredible, adding: “Whoever dreams about something like that?”
He is the first ever songwriter to win the literature prize and the first American to win the accolade since the author Toni Morrison scooped the award in 1993.
Leading figures in literature hailed the appropriateness of Mr Dylan’s wine.
Professor Seamus Perry, chairman of the English Faculty at Oxford University, said: “He is, more than any other, the poet of our times, as Tennyson was of his, representative and yet wholly individual, humane, angry, funny, and tender by turn.”
However, the decision certainly split opinion. The Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh said it was a mistake on the part of the judges, labelling Mr Dylan’s win as an “ill conceived nostalgia award.”
Even though Mr Welsh, a renowned novelist and playwright, said he considered himself a Dylan fan, he tweeted: “This is an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.”
Mr Dylan was born Robert Zimmerman in Minnesota, but felt Bob Dylan was a more fitting name for a folk singer songwriter.
He faced major criticism when he moved away from folk to electric guitars in the sixties.
But, the switch clearly has done his career no hard. His latest album Fallen Ages has won praise from critics, including Rolling Stone.


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