US music legend Bob Dylan, won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. He is the first songwriter to win the award. Literature Nobel also carries a prize of 8 million Swedish crown. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition“.
About Bob Dylan:
- Born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, as Robert Allen Zimmerman.
- He taught himself to play the harmonica, guitar and piano.
- His debut album was ‘Bob Dylan’ released in 1962. He had adopted the name Dylan after the poet Dylan Thomas.
- He is one of the best-selling artists (musician) of all time and has sold more than 100 million records.
- Armed with a harmonica and an acoustic guitar, Dylan confronted social injustice, war and racism, quickly becoming a prominent civil rights campaigner — and recording an astonishing 300 songs in his first three years.
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