Bob Dylan Completes Nobel Prize Requirement By Delivering Lecture

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Bob Dylan has completed the requirements to keep his $922,000 Nobel prize money by delivering his mandatory lecture. Dylan raised eyebrows back in December when he did not attend the ceremony to officially accept the award for the Nobel Prize for Literature. As is the custom, the winner is given prize money when they give their lecture around the time of the honor, but Dylan finally made good on his promise by delivering a 26-minute taped lecture shot recently in Los Angeles. Pollstar posted details of the taped lecture, revealing, “In a warm, raspy delivery, with lounge-style piano in the background, he called Buddy Holly his first musical hero and praised his ‘imaginative verses.'”

Listen to the lecture here on Mornings with Joel Brown’s blog

It went on to say: “He said books such as Ivanhoe and Don Quixote helped shape his view of the world and inspire him to write songs ‘unlike anything anybody had ever heard. He discussed three works at length: Moby Dick, All Quiet On the Western Front (in which ‘death is everywhere, nothing else is possible’) and The Odyssey, a “strange, adventurous tale” he likened to such modern pop songs as Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound.’ He concluded by noting that Shakespeare’s words were meant to be spoken, ‘Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung, not read on a page.'”

Dylan added: “And I hope some of you get the chance to listen to these lyrics the way they were intended to be heard: in concert or on record or however people are listening to songs these days. I return once again to Homer, who says, ‘Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.'”

It’s safe to say that among all of the rock legends still walking this Earth, Bob Dylan has historically been the one least concerned with the cult of celebrity and keeping up public appearances. A while back he admitted that he’s clueless to all of that type of business: “I don’t know what people think of me, see, I only know about what record companies say to you and managers and people like that; y’know, people watching’ you do things. I only know. . . I only hear about that stuff.”

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