Listen To Bob Dylan's Full Nobel Prize Lecture
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:21:40
It seems like the spectacle surrounding Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature is finally coming to an end. The announcement about the committee awarding Dylan the prize came last October. This was followed by the Nobel Banquet where prize winners accept their awards, but Bob was unable to attend. In April, Dylan's tour was in Sweden, he finally accepted the prize, which meant he needed to give a prize lecture, and he finally has. Listen to it below.
Recorded on June 4th in Los Angeles and coming in at just under 30 minutes, Dylan's lecture find the musician discussing both his musical influences, such as Buddy Holly, alongside literally work, including Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Odyssey.
Dylan then turns to the influence these works had on folk music, saying at one point, "The Odyssey is a great book whose themes have worked its way into the ballads of a lot of songwriters: 'Homeward Bound,' 'Green, Green Grass of Home,' 'Home on the Range,' and my songs as well." Adding, " "The Odyssey is a strange, adventurous tale of a grown man trying to get home after fighting in a war. He's on that long journey home, and it's filled with traps and pitfalls. He's cursed to wander … He's a travelin' man, but he's making a lot of stops."
By providing the lecture, Dylan fulfilled all the requisites in order to receive the $900,000 award that accompanies the Nobel Prize. And it what is probably the most exciting news, we won't have to hear any more about this until October, when undoubtedly it will be stirred up again.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff