Bob Dylan

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Nobel Academy Member: Dylan Is 'Impolite and Arrogant'

The musician still hasn't publicly responded to winning the Nobel Prize

(Newser) - Bob Dylan still hasn't acknowledged being given the Nobel Prize for literature, and it sounds like some members of the academy behind the prize are starting to get a bit fed up, the Guardian reports. "It's impolite and arrogant," says writer Per Wastberg, a member of... More »

Bob Dylan Acknowledges Nobel Win, Ever So Briefly

His website includes a line about the win, then removes it

(Newser) - Bob Dylan acknowledged his Nobel Prize win—but only momentarily. The musician has been oddly quiet about winning the literature prize, but a fan noticed that his official website added a line to this page that said "Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature." But by Friday morning,... More »

Nobel Panel to Dylan: You Win! Dylan to Nobel Panel: ...

Singer's answer is still apparently off blowin' in the wind

(Newser) - On Thursday, the Swedish Academy dropped a culture bomb in the form of a Nobel in Literature for Bob Dylan for his "poetic expressions." It is now Monday, and Dylan has yet to respond, poetically or otherwise, and the Nobel Committee is somewhat publicly throwing up its hands.... More »

Leonard Cohen Is Putting His House in Order

'New Yorker' profiles 82-year-old

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen is 82 now, and fans will not be thrilled to learn in a lengthy New Yorker profile that he's almost certainly done touring—his body just isn't up to the rigors. But he's still making music, and an album out this month is classic Cohen... More »

Trainspotting Author on Dylan's Nobel: 'Ill Conceived'

Irvine Welsh does not think music and literature should mix in picking prize recipients

(Newser) - "Bob Dylan" was one of the top Twitter trends Thursday thanks to the troubadour taking home the Nobel Prize for Literature . But while most of social media is beaming at his newest honor, Scottish author Irvine Welsh, who wrote the novel Trainspotting, isn't terribly pleased, the AP reports.... More »

And the Nobel for Literature Goes to: Bob Dylan

For his 'poetic expressions'

(Newser) - Sometimes the Nobel winner in literature is an obscure writer little known to mainstream audiences. And then there's this year's winner: Bob Dylan. The Nobel panel chose the 75-year-old "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," it announced in a press... More »

Vast Unknown Archive of Bob Dylan Material Emerges

Sells for up to $20M, will be made available to music scholars

(Newser) - Big news for Bob Dylan fans: A massive "secret" archive of his work—old notebooks with lyrics, letters, photos, tape reels, recordings, etc—has been sold for about $20 million and will eventually be made available to music scholars and less formal "Dylanologists," reports the New York ... More »

Bob Dylan May Have Inadvertently Coined a Phrase

'I can't even,' he complained in 1966

(Newser) - "I can't even" may be a millennial catchphrase, but it seems Bob Dylan got there first a half-century ago. As Chris Willman points out in his Billboard review of the newly released Bootleg Series box set, the scene took place during a January 1966 recording session as Dylan... More »

Bob Dylan Lyrics Keep Popping Up in Surprising Place

Study uncovers hundreds of quotes in biomedical research

(Newser) - The answer to a great many biomedical questions is blowin' in the wind, according to Swedish researchers who've uncovered a prodigious amount of Bob Dylan references in the work of their colleagues. The researchers discovered 213 clear Dylan quotes in medical literature going back to 1970, plus many other... More »

Rock's Rare Moment: Bob Dylan Gives a Speech

And it's rambling, poetic, pure Bob Dylan

(Newser) - Usually when Bob Dylan opens his mouth he's singing, so the rambling 35-minute speech he gave Friday to a crowd of 3,000 of music's royalty had his audience, as the New York Times puts it, "hanging on his every word" as he careened from the topic... More »

Scientists Slip Bob Dylan Quotes Into Articles

Swedish professors enjoy mixing medicine and Dylan

(Newser) - Think medical research and Bob Dylan are a natural combination? Five Swedish scientists would agree, and have even started a contest to see who can stuff the most Dylan words into articles before they call it a career, the Local reports. It started 17 years ago when two professors, Eddie... More »

Dylan Fans Rejoice: 'Basement Tapes' Being Released

6-disc collection comes out Nov. 4, features 138 tracks

(Newser) - Bob Dylan once said that a rough collection of 138 songs he recorded with the Band at his home in 1967 should probably be destroyed. But the "Basement Tapes" are the stuff of legend and obsession for devoted Dylan fans, and now, every song has been remastered, arranged in... More »

'Like a Rolling Stone' Draft by Dylan Sells for $2M

He wrote it on hotel stationery, recorded it in 1965

(Newser) - A draft of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sold today for $2 million, which Sotheby's auction house called a world record for a pop-music manuscript. A working draft of the song in Dylan's own hand went to an unidentified bidder for $2.045 million. The... More »

Bob Dylan's Epochal Electric Guitar Fetches $1M

His Stratocaster from Newport festival in 1965 is auctioned

(Newser) - The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold today for nearly $1 million—the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. Christie's auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer who agreed to pay... More »

Bob Dylan Sued in France for ... Racism?

Croatian group angry about remark in 'Rolling Stone' interview

(Newser) - A Croatian community organization in France is suing Bob Dylan for allegedly inciting racial hatred. The group, CRICCF, said that the singer crossed the line with remarks made in a Rolling Stone interview last year, the Guardian reports. Dylan was riffing on the history of racial animosity in the US... More »

Bitter Celeb Divorce Involves... Bob Dylan's Hair

Dan Auerbach gives it up to Stephanie Gonis

(Newser) - Celebrity divorces make headlines all the time, whether they're crazy expensive , especially contentious , or involve insane custody disputes . But this is probably the first time a celeb divorce has made headlines thanks to Bob Dylan's hair. Somehow, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Stephanie Gonis,... More »

20 Iconic Songs That Are Actually Covers

Cyndi Lauper didn't come up with the idea that girls just want to have fun

(Newser) - Next time you find yourself belting along to Cyndi Lauper singing "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" or Joan Jett singing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," know this: Cyndi and Joan didn't originate those songs, they just made them famous. Huffington Post rounds up 20 hit... More »

Hitmaking Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 72

Streisand, Sinatra, Billy Joel among artists who worked with him

(Newser) - You may not know his name, but Phil Ramone—one of the most successful music producers of his era—died in a New York hospital this morning at age 72, Billboard reports. He had been admitted late last month with an aortic aneurysm. His incredible career included 14 Grammy awards,... More »

Dylan First Rocker Voted Into Elite Arts Group

American Academy of Arts and Letters honors him

(Newser) - Bob Dylan has become the first rock star voted into the elite, century-old American Academy of Arts and Letters, where artists range from Philip Roth to Jasper Johns and categories include music, literature, and visual arts. Officials couldn't decide whether he belonged for his words or for his music,... More »

Bob Dylan: Slavery's Legacy 'Holds Back' America

Singer says first black president not enough to change hearts

(Newser) - Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined America and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame because it was "founded on the backs of slaves." The veteran musician tells Rolling Stone that in America "people (are) at each other's throats just because... More »

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