Bob Dylan received a Nobel Prize for literature back in October of last year, and after a whole lot of hesitancy and a few bizarre mixture of disinterest and humility, he finally picked up his award in March. That wasn’t the top of it, although, as all Nobel honorees are required to offer a lecture of their area earlier than they’ll obtain the $900,000 prize that accompanies the Nobel. After a number of months of ready, Dylan recorded his lecture this week and the Nobel Committee launched it on YouTube for everybody to listen to.
The 27-minute recording is a predictably fascinating beast, and it appears to be largely based mostly on Dylan making an attempt to reckon with the truth that his songs are thought-about “literature.” For the reason that announcement got here out that he had received, Dylan has given off the impression that he doesn’t assume he deserves the award, however on this lecture he appears to truly change his thoughts, establishing numerous connections between his musical influences and some well-known literary works—Moby Dick, All Quiet On The Western Entrance, and The Odyssey—that had been equally influential to him as a younger man.
Nonetheless, he ultimately determines that songs aren’t actually the identical factor as literature, since you’re not supposed to take a seat and research tune lyrics. You’re supposed to understand them “the best way they had been meant,” which is “in live performance or on file or nonetheless individuals are listening to songs today.” He acknowledges that songwriters are just like poets and playwrights or no matter, however his fundamental level appears to be that you have to hear music with the intention to actually get it, which it’s an entire totally different factor than literature.
You may hear Dylan’s lecture beneath.
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