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Bob Dylan

Apr 15 2008

Bob Dylan Wins a Pulitzer

by Chris S

Bob Dylan has been one of my favorite musicians for the last fifteen years. I “discovered” him twice – once in college when my brother shared with me some of Dylan’s early comic songs (like “Motorpsycho Nightmare” or “Talking Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues”), and once in my late 20s when I became entranced with Dylan’s masterful poetic folk-rock works like “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” and “Desolation Row.” Dylan’s career has spanned five decades, and like Picasso, he has gone through many artistic phases, from his earliest days as a disciple of Woody Guthrie, through his dark-shades-wearing aloof hipster/poet phase, through a born-again Christian period of the late 70s/early 80s, and even a country phase (or two). These different faces of Dylan were the subject of I’m Not There, a recent critically-acclaimed film.

Last week, Dylan’s work got more recognition with a Pulitzer Prize. The Special Citation award describes “his profound
impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical
compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”

Here are the lyrics to one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs:

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