Come writers and critics who prophesy with your pen
And keep your eyes wide the chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who that it's namin'
For the loser now will be later to win
For the times they are a' changin'!
A recent online magazine post stated emphatically, “Bob Dylan 100 percent is not going to win. Stop saying Bob Dylan should win the Nobel Prize.” Well, the times they are a’ changin’! In case you haven’t heard, Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. For the first time in 23 years (Toni Morrison, 1993) an American is the Nobel Prize laureate. This is the first time a member of the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame has won the ultimate literary prize. A New York Times columnist has been pushing for a Bob Dylan win for years. It is an unorthodox choice to be sure, and one that again expands the definition of “literature.” He is not a novelist, poet, or dramatist, but a lyricist; a songwriter of all things! The Nobel committee’s citation credits Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” The choice may be at least partly political. The Nobel Committee could be making a very anti-Trump statement by choosing someone so opposed to everything he stands for. For whatever reason, Bob Dylan, Nobel Prize for Literature 2016 is an awesome choice!
You can download many of Dylan’s songs on Freegal through the Metropolitan Library System. We also have an excellent selection of his music on CD, including:
Blonde on Blonde
A double album, Blonde on Blonde features multiple sounds, including blues, country, rock, and folk.
Dylan’s second album consisting largely of songs Sinatra sang.
Bob Dylan: All the Songs: the Story Behind Every Track by Philippe Margotin
The definitive book that captures Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. It is the only book to tell the stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, behind all the 492 songs he released.
Dylan: Disc by Disc by Jon Bream
This book provides thoughtful analyses of all 35 studio releases, presented in chronological order and illustrated with LP art, period photography, 7-inch picture sleeves from around the world, and other memorabilia, as well as performance and candid offstage photography.
Revolution in the air: the songs of Bob Dylan, 1957-1973 by Clinton Haylin
This book is the companion to every song that Bob Dylan ever wrote and by far the most comprehensive book on the words of America’s greatest songwriter. Here you’ll find not just opinionated commentary or literary interpretation, but facts, first and foremost.
We even have a book of musical arrangements for our musicians:
Bob Dylan Anthology by Bob Dylan
40 songs from the pen of Bob Dylan. Arranged for piano/vocal with chord diagrams and full lyrics.
We have numerous biographies, one of which is:
Who Is That Man? In Search of the Real Bob Dylan by David Dalton
Follows Dylan's imaginative life, integrating actual events with Dylans words and those of the people who know him most intimately. Drawing upon Dylan's friends and fellow eyewitnesses--including Marianne Faithfull, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Stampfel, Larry "Ratso" Sloman, Eric Andersen, Nat Hentoff, Andrew Oldham, Nat Finkelstein, and others--this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both.
“Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman, yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe playing Greenwich Village haunts? Folk Messiah, Born-Again Bob, Late-Elvis Dylan, Jack Fate, or Living National Treasure?