Questions tagged [bob-dylan]

For questions regarding the life and works of Bob Dylan, an American songwriter.

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What is Bob Dylan's definition of literature in his Nobel Prize lecture?

Bob Dylan's Nobel Literature Prize Literature starts off with the following paragraph: When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to ...
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Why did Bob Dylan choose Highway 61 for “Highway 61 Revisited”?

Highway 61 is an actual highway that goes north from New Orleans and ends up in Minnesota. Why did Dylan choose this particular highway, and how does it affect how we understand the song lyrics?
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Is Bob Dylan's “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” supposed to be uplifting or mournful?

I've become interested in Bob Dylan's song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall", which I find perplexing and hard to make sense of. Looking at the lyrics, it seems that there is quite a bit of ambiguity as to ...
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How and why did the Swedish Academy decide to award Bob Dylan a Nobel Prize?

Setting aside the question of whether the award was appropriate/merited, why did the Swedish Academy award Bob Dylan a Nobel Prize? What is publicly known about how and why they made that decision?
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Did Timrod inspire Dylan before 'Modern Times'?

Bob Dylan's album Modern Times has many passages famously inspired by (some say plagiarised from) the poetry of Henry Timrod. Do any of Dylan's earlier works also clearly reflect the influence of ...