Pulitzer Rolls to Rocker Dylan

Prestigious prize is a-changin' as icon becomes first rocker to score a nod
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2008 8:53 AM CDT
Singer Bob Dylan is seen in this April 27, 1965 file photo in London.    (AP Photo/File)
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(Newser) – You who still think Bob Dylan hasn't gotten the recognition his 50-year career merits—now is the time for your cheers. The genre-shifting icon won a special Pulitzer Prize yesterday, marking the first time the honor has gone to a rocker. The citation noted Dylan's "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Classical composers have dominated the Pulitzer Board's picks in the music world, but George Gershwin and John Coltrane have taken home honorary awards in the past. Composer David Lang won the award for music and says he's humbled to share the accolade with the freewheeling legend: "Bob Dylan is the most frequently played artist in my household," he told the AP.