Today's Music Monday honors the most recent recipient for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Controversial pick? meh. Still nothing compared to what happened when he dared to plug in his guitar..
He hasn't released a response (yet?), but this speech from a few years ago might be some of what he'd say about it:
These songs didn't come out of thin air. I didn't just make them up out of whole cloth. Contrary to what Lou Levy said, there was a precedent. It all came out of traditional music: traditional folk music, traditional rock & roll and traditional big-band swing orchestra music.
...my songs seem to divide people. Even people in the music community.
Critics have said that I've made a career out of confounding expectations. Really? Because that's all I do? That's how I think about it. Confounding expectations. Like I stay up late at night thinking about how to do it. "What do you do for a living, man?" "Oh, I confound expectations." You're going to get a job, the man says, "What do you do?" "Oh, confound expectations. And the man says, "Well, we already have that spot filled. Call us back. Or don't call us, we'll call you." Confounding expectations. I don't even know what that means or who has time for it.
The NYTimes' Take
The Autobiography: Chronicles Vol 1
The Legendary Subterranean Homesick Blues Video
Blowing In The Wind
The Times They Are A Changing
All Along The Watchtower
As a case study of Dylan's music and lyrics
Shelter From The Storm
[Youtube] ** Personal Favorite
Link A Rolling Stone
My Back Pages
[Youtube] ** From the 30th anniversary concert, which I'll probably be listening to for the rest of the afternoon..
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