SANTA MONICA – American icon, Bob Dylan, won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature announced Sara Danius of the Swedish Academy earlier today. Dylan, gained popularity in the 1960’s and has been described as the voice of a generation as his music and lyrics encapsulated the counter-culture spirit.
Coming as a surprise decision, the Nobel Prize for literature is typically awarded to novelists. However, Dylan won the award because his lyrics, for the past 50 years, have influenced global culture as his songs have spoken out against war while questing for peace.
Danius told Reuters that Dylan, “created new poetic expression within the great American song tradition.” Perhaps some of Dylan’s most well known songs are: Like a Rolling Stone (1965), The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964), and Masters of War (1963).
Dylan was born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 24, 1941. Despite being 75 years-of-age, Dylan continues to perform, serve as a role model, and inspire young musicians throughout the world.