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Is Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" supposed to be uplifting or mournful?

“A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall” is, undoubtedly, one of Dylan’s best songs, and in fact it was the song that Patti Smith performed during the Nobel prize ceremony last year. Before I attempt an answer ...
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How and why did the Swedish Academy decide to award Bob Dylan a Nobel Prize?

The records of the discussions of the Swedish Academy are kept secret for 50 years, meaning that as of the time I'm writing this, the last laureates for which we actually have any real insight into ...
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Why did Bob Dylan choose Highway 61 for "Highway 61 Revisited"?

Highway 61 ran through Duluth in Minnesota, where Dylan was born. Growing up, he saw it as a route not only out of his home town but one that went to places that spoke to him, musically. "Highway ...
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What is Bob Dylan's definition of literature in his Nobel Prize lecture?

If I read Dylan correctly, he, a contrarian if ever there was one, is actually arguing that his songs are not "literature" as the term is commonly understood. Of course, this also implies his award ...
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Why did Bob Dylan choose Highway 61 for "Highway 61 Revisited"?

Highway 60 is a highway in Israel that runs right next to Mount Moriah aka The Temple Mount. This is the place where Abraham presented his son Isaac to G-d. Here is what I wrote to some friends upon ...
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