Thoughts on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Peace Prize
Hey all, sorry for the late response. I thought I had posted something up about this.
Full disclosure at the top of I this, I am nuts for Bob Dylan. I want to say ‘early Bob Dylan’, but need clarify. When I say “early Bob Dylan”… that is not code for ‘acoustic only, before he sold out and went electric!’. No, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the early electric stuff. Not just ‘Blonde on Blonde (the first double album EVER)… but ‘Bringing it all back home’ was half electric.
There was a simply GONZO two year period where Bob was just shitting out masterpieces at a near fatal rate. Look at ‘Positively 4th st’, a masterpiece of a song… and possibly my favorite Dylan song. That song didn’t even make the cut on an album release.
This is basically 1964 to 1966, he just went on a recording bender.
But I digressed. A musician won a literature award. Is that right? Yes. I feel I am also qualified to opine. I am nuts about music, a musician, and I have a literature degree. Why should a musician get a literature award? Because his music and words impact me almost daily. Think of the greatest book you ever read. Maybe you re-read it. Maybe you read it a bunch. You don’t read it daily, though, do you? I listen to Bob Dylan almost daily. I am also much more likely to quote Dylan than any book I have read (maybe with the exception of Alice in Wonderland, the greatest book ever!)
If I am stuck on a desert island… would I rather have a great book, or a bunch of early Dylan? Early Dylan. Oh, and don’t say the book so you can start fires and build shelters. Its an e book, you pyro!