Oh, the times, they are a-changing is what the world is singing now that legendary music legend, Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the first American to win the prize since the author Toni Morrison received it in 1993. Even more exciting is the fact he is the first musician to ever win the prize. The Swedish Academy (the group that selects the winner each year) stated Dylan earned the award “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
The music legend’s career spans decades and he is most known for his songs depicting social unrest in the 1960s. He rejected claims he was the voice of the generation. Many literary critics and authors do consider him a poet while others wonder if they are now eligible to win a Grammy award since Dylan’s career has been performing, not for his printed words.
Either way, the world cannot deny the songwriter’s amazing ability to tell a story with his lyrics. The true beauty of his works is that there need not be music playing for them to be inspiring. His music has touched generations in the United States and all over the world.
Bob Dylan has written some poetry and prose like his 1971 Tarantula and his memoir Chronicles: Volume One in 2004. But of course, neither are what won him the Nobel Prize in Literature. Whether or not you agree with him winning the award, you cannot deny his music. It speaks to the people.
Judge for yourself as you listen to the musician perform The Times They Are A Changin’ below. Not only was it fitting in the 1960s, it also applies to today. And if you still can’t decide, just… enjoy… the music.
Nobel Prize Winner Bob Dylan Performing The Times They Are A Changing in 1964.