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Bob Dylan has now delivered his lecture for the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature! It was recorded on June 4, 2017 in Los Angeles and posted the following day on the official Nobel Prize organization's website.
Any Buddy Holly or Moby Dick fans here? If so, you may particularly enjoy Dylan discussing these (and other) early influences. If not, it is interesting to learn how Dylan's songwriting was influenced by both classic literature and pop music artists.
Dylan began his lecture with this statement:
You can listen to the lecture on video or SoundCloud or read a transcript of it here:When I first received this 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. // If I was to go back to the dawning of it all, I guess I'd have to start with Buddy Holly.
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