Bob Dylan is now officially a Nobel laureate.
Sunday in L.A., he fulfilled the most stringent requirement for everyone who receives the honor by delivering a Nobel lecture within the time frame set by the Swedish Academy, which administers the prize. He'll now receive the $900,000 that goes along with the honor. Although he didn't attend last year's ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden to pick up his medallion, he subsequently visited the city and received it.
In his compelling speech, done over quiet piano accompaniment, Dylan cites such musical influences as Lead Belly and Buddy Holly, and three literary ones -- Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey. He makes connections between music he's listened to and literary themes. He says he "wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody ever heard, and these themes were fundamental."
Despite having won the prize for Literature, he also insisted that "songs are unlike literature. They're meant to be sung, not read,"
At 27 minutes, it's hefty, but still falls a few minutes short of the talk he gave when he was honored as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Grammy Foundation.
Source: LA Times