Dylan is the first ever musician to win the coveted annual prize
On Wednesday (October 13), the legendary singer-songwriter became the first ever musician to receive the coveted annual prize, credited with having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The award is given to an individual who has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.
Billboard reports that total streams of his songs on Spotify have since risen by a massive 512%. Streams of his most popular song on the service, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, have increased by 258%.
Meanwhile, Isle Of Wight Festival organiser Ray Foulk has said that Dylan’s Nobel Prize win was “long overdue”.
The Guardian reports that Sara Danils, Secretary of Sweden’s Nobal Academy, described Dylan as “a great sampler… and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself”.
On his classic ‘Blonde On Blonde’, she said: “An extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming, putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.”
“If you look far back, 5,000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”
Previous winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature include Alice Munro, Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, J M Coetzee, Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney. Last year’s award was given to Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich.