Fifty-five years after the release of his first record—and 52 years after the day he introduced the Beatles to marijuana—Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
The stunning announcement came from the Swedish Academy Thursday morning. The winger-songwriter “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the academy said.
Dylan melded folk traditions of the 1950s with Beat poetry, French surrealism, the blues and, in certain key songs, psychedelia, into a powerful body of work that marked the ’60s generation indelibly.
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