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Joan Baez, Tom Waits Praise 'Immortal' Bob Dylan for Nobel Prize Win

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Zaira Scannapieco | 28 Ottobre, 2016, 17:14

On Wednesday (October 13), the legendary singer-songwriter became the first ever musician to receive the coveted annual prize, credited with having "created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Streams of his most popular song on the service, "Like A Rolling Stone", have increased by 258%.

I also think that Dylan's focus on subaltern voices of the poor, the immigrant, and on racial minorities aligns him with certain Nobel winners of the past, including Octavio Paz, Toni Morrison, and John Steinbeck. "The rebellious, reclusive, unpredictable artist/composer is exactly where the Nobel Prize for Literature needs to be".

"For 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself", said Sara Danius, the academy's permanent secretary. The Swedish Academy awarded yesterday the Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 to Dylan for creating a new poetic expression within the great United States tradition of songs. Danius described his works and influence with those of ancient Greek poets such as Homer and Sappho who lived 2,500 years back.

"The Nobel Prize for Literature is yet another step towards immortality for Bob Dylan", Baez wrote in a Facebook post. His brand of music and the poetic license was meant to be heard, performed, and played out with accompanying instruments.

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