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Monday, April 7, 2008

Bob Dylan: Pulitzer Prize Winner

Posted By on Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM


Bob Dylan has been awarded a special music citation.

Dylan's citation noted his "profound impact on popular music and American culture."

Okay, I've asked this of pretty much everyone I know: What makes Bob Dylan great? Seriously. Nobody yet has managed to make me like Dylan's music; I can hang with some of his lyrics, and the stuff the Byrds covered. But I've never been able to get into his music.

I'm being serious. Convince me.

[Edit, 4:46 p.m.: My original post seemed flippant, and I didn't mean it to be. I'm genuinely interested in why Dylan resonates with so many people. I tend to joke about it, but the idea that an artist such as himself would win a Pulitzer blows my mind, in the best possible way. Music now is so profoundly different from when Dylan began his career -- and a large part is because of him. The comment below by "dick phorr" was thoughtful and engaging, addressing the idea of Dylan as a cultural icon and revolutionary figure. That's fascinating to me. I'd love to hear more.]

-- Annie Zaleski


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