Nobel prize in literature won by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was named the surprise winner of the Nobel prize for literature in Stockholm today “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Speaking to reporters after the announcement, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius said she hoped the Academy would not be criticised for its choice.

Criticised? Not now. We’re too busy laughing.

  • SNL cast next.

  • I love Dylan’s material. Always have. But let’s face it folks, much of his songwriting script was ripped off from the Bible, the Torah, folk stories and numerous other sources.

    A literary giant he is not.

  • ontario john

    The fall or the Roman Empire continues. (sorry, the West)

  • ontario john

    Breaking news from the Toronto Star. Front page story on its website that one of its reporters was sexually assaulted by Trump years ago. And no it was not Heather Mallick, although she was complaining yesterday that men were always trying to have sex with her all her life.

    • chayisun

      BOB DYLAN???? A croaking frog sounds better then Bob Dylan. A horny donkey sounds better then Bob Dylan. Hell, I sound better then Bob Dylan and I’m mute. Well, some wish I was…….

      • Norman_In_New_York

        He sounds like the hole in his record was punched off-center.

        • ntt1

          There is a story that Arlo Guthrie tells about dylan coming to visit his dad Woody in his declining days suffering from huntington’s chorea a neuromuscular degenerative disease. at that point woody had a hard time making his vocal cords work yet dylan mimiced every tortured note and produced the singing style we see today, inspired by end stage degenerative disease

    • Ha! Weird thing that — males wanting to have sex with females (or vice-versa). Thank goodness it never happens in nature — animals never breed, their offspring magically appear under the cabbage leaf.

      Gay marriage has resolved the contradiction forever — just like the animal world their offspring magically appear in the Welfare adoption office.

    • Mannie

      Bogus sexual allegations has become such a stock in trade for the Democrats that it is meaningless. I don’t care if they find a closet full of dismembered bodies, I’ll assume it’s Democrat shenanigans.

  • moraywatson

    You too can win a nobel prize
    Just lift your pen and fantasize
    AA, BB and sometimes C
    And you’re a poet just like me.

  • What I really like about Bob is that when I sing along to his songs, I sound better than he does. I can’t say that about many other musicians. Tom Waits, maybe.

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    • Heh;) I had his greatest hits LP in grade 8 used to play it all the time;)

    • ntt1

      the sheer volume of cheap whiskey and cigars that shaped waits voice would kill many a lesser man.

  • vwVwwVwv

    now the “academy” is looking for legitimacy.
    its over guys, after you elected Boomer, no one cares for the price no more.

  • GrimmCreeper

    I love it. We now have Nobel participation trophies. Ours will be arriving in the mail shortly.

  • Millie_Woods

    Compared to the usual jackasses these awards are gifted to, Dylan is a towering intellect. He’s a ‘class act’ who maintains an air of humility and a sense of humanity that’s practically non-existent in modern celebrities. Great choice.

    • I’m nominating Bachman Turner Overdrive for next year’s Gong.

    • Dylan’s an awesome balladeer. But a prize in literature?

      • Millie_Woods

        Have you ever read any poetry from a poet laureate? Most of it’s unbearable. I can listen to Dylan all day.

        • You’re probably right about poet laureates. Especially since they’re usually appointed under a Government bureaucracy — “Ministry of Arts and Culture” or whatever, and their “select Committees” probably composed of partisan donors.

          • ntt1

            I wonder if real poet laureates out put was used in Hitch hikers Guide to the galaxy. The Vogons used it as aural torture.

          • ismiselemeas

            It’s “poets laureate”.

        • Frances

          Agreed. I don’t particularly like Bob Dylan’s singing, but he did write some great lyrics. And what is poetry but lyrics anyway? Most of the current stuff is “free verse” or worse; descriptive prose without any sentence structure.

          • Millie_Woods

            We’re on the same page. I’ve seen him three times now. The first two he was unintelligible. The third time I hit paydirt, he was fantastic, I could understand just about every word. That was at a small outdoor concert in Lloydminster no less. I’d go again too.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Thank you for that, Millie. I was beginning to think my great grandparents has resurrected and were posting comments here. Dylan is a genius, no getting around it. About time he was recognized as something more than a singer/composer.

      • Millie_Woods

        Right on Bro!

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …created the first Rap tune…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Many Nobel literature winners have fallen by the wayside. Who reads the first winner, Rene Sully Prudhomme, or Henrik Pontoppidan, Haldor K. Laxness or Salvatore Quasimodo (no, he did not write “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”)?

  • Hard Little Machine

    To me the funniest thing is that it was given to ANY American. And a Jew? And someone who went through a period of Born Again Christianity?

  • richfisher

    Old Dirty Bastard is on the short list now
    Fingers crossed.

  • xavier

    I dunno. Compared to past choices ( Dario Fo who died yesterday) this one is acceptable. I’m glad he got. I’m a tad suprised he didn’t share it with Leonard Cohen 🙂

    • Leonard Cohen is Donald Trump’s “locker room banter” turned into poetry.

  • If Obama can get the peace prize undeserved, then surely Dylan deserves the literature. Some great tunes and words all through his career, appreciated by millions all over the world.

  • mauser 98

    TaterTot will be outraged…mine …waddabout mee…unfair …you owe me

  • Good gravy, Marie…

    • Millie_Woods

      Ummm, those lyrics need a little more work.

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  • Gah. Rotten stinking hippies. I don’t half hate me a hippy.

    Dig my wisdom, crazy cats, because I have said before*: it is going to be such a masturbatory nightmare of boomer self-worship when Dylan dies – (I actually quite like Dylan in small doses by BTW) – that I am planning come the event to take to sea. Yes to sea. Wanna come with me? Apply now. Don’t send me resumés, send me pictures of you looking cool, and/or philippician and rabid denunciations of smelly hippies. Maybe learn how to tie knots and junk, that might be helpful.


  • Spatchcocked

    Poetry was originally meant to be sung …….bob added wonderful talented musicians and melodies that supported the lyrics perfectly.
    A real artist is bob….living in the midst of all this shit.

    What did you expect ?

    • Clausewitz

      Well I give him props for working with Mick Ronson. Great guitarist that was involved with him back in the late 70’s.

  • Spatchcocked

    The sheer volume of songs is extraordinary. The apposite blend of melody theme and lyrics is seductive..
    I don’t think bob gives a fig for the tin… doubt whatsoever.

  • Leonard Jones

    I once knew a kid who bought every Dylan album and spent hours
    on end straining his ears trying to find the hidden meaning in Dylan’s
    lyrics. Decades later when asked about this Dylan’s response
    was “What meaning, I was freaking high!” And the pump don’t
    cause the vandals took the handle.

  • FactsWillOut

    I’d say he earned it.

  • A Hamilton Guy

    Never liked him! Won’t start now. The nobels, just like the order of canada. Bullshit!
    P.S. I use lower case for a reason.