2016 Nobel Prize in Literature: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan. Songwriter, poet, legend. Now, Nobel prize winner. The 2016 winner of the Nobel prize in the category of literature has been recognized since the early 1960's for his vivid, provocative and poetic songwriting. The library has many of his albums available for checkout. Here are a few that I think are among his best.

One of his transitional albums as he moved further from the Folk scene, Dylan's lyrics on Subterranean Homesick Blues, Gates of Eden and It's Alright, Ma (I'm only bleeding) tapped into the social unrest of the mid-60's, while also featuring masterpieces Mr. Tambourine Man and It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.

Bringing It All Back Home

Featuring many of his Folk masterpieces, with lyrical commentary on the social issues of the early 1960's, Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is considered by many to be his seminal album with classics Masters of war, Girl from the North Country, A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, and Don't Think Twice, It's Alright.

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Opening with the classic Like a Rolling Stone, considered by many as one of the greatest songs in the history of Rock & Roll, the rest of Highway 61 Revisited is just as strong as he transitions from his Folk sound to full blown Rock & Roll.

Highway 61 Revisited

And one of my personal favorites, Blood on the Tracks, from the mid-70's. Dylan offers a more personal and intimate collection of songs.  From the opening Tangled Up in Blue, the raging and defiant Idiot Wind, and the perhaps hopeful Shelter from the Storm Dylan's voice and lyrics show a mature and confessional tone.

Blood on the Tracks

Explore the library's collection of Dylan albums and see why the Nobel committee thought this American musical icon deserved this year's Literature prize.

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