Friday, December 30, 2016

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

He actually did far better than I expected with his acceptance speech. It was beautifully humble, wonderfully literary, and skillfully brief. Bob Dylan was not on hand to receive his Noble Prize for Literature in person, but he wrote his acceptance speech which was delivered by the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji. The speech was given at the Nobel Banquet on December 10, 2016.

In addition to sending his acceptance speech, Dylan sent Patti Smith to perform on his behalf. The song she sang was an emotional rendition of an early Dylan song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." It was first recorded in 1963 on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (his second studio album). Dylan skillfully adapted the 17th century English ballad style to create a timeless classic.


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