Hear Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Lecture



Bob Dylan has delivered the lecture required of him to claim his cash award from winning last year’s Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dylan gave the lecture via audio recording, during which he starts by saying, “When I received the Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I’m going to try to articulate that to you, and most likely it will go in a roundabout way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful.”

From there, things do go in a roundabout way for roughly 27 minutes as Dylan begins by discussing Buddy Holly’s influence, then moves into Moby Dick. Dylan’s speech is accompanied by a piano. Listen below:

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There’s been a bit of mystery surrounding Dylan ever since he was announced as the winner last year. Nothing was heard from him initially after the prize was announced, then he voiced his gratitude via news interview. Patti Smith accepted the award for Dylan at a December ceremony, during which she flubbed while singing of “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.” Dylan showed up to claim the award earlier in the spring wearing a black jacket and hoodie and now finally has given the speech required before given the $900,000 in prize money. It was all very Dylan in the end.

Photo: by Francisco Antunes (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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