Bob Dylan: ‘Nobel Prize Win Is Hard to Believe’
Music| | By Sara Wilkins
Bob Dylan has finally addressed his historic Nobel Prize win for Literature, marveling, “Isn’t that something?”
The folk rocker became the first songwriter to be awarded the prize on October 13, when the Nobel panel experts praised him for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
While Dylan’s fans and peers rushed to congratulate him, the 75-year-old remained quiet about his latest achievement, only acknowledging it with a brief mention on his website days later, adding, ”WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE” in a piece promoting a book of his lyrics.
However, the statement had disappeared by October 21.
Now Dylan has broken his silence about the award, admitting he is rather surprised by the accolade.
In a rare interview, the singer told The Telegraph, “Isn’t that something? It’s hard to believe… Whoever dreams about something like that?”
As is tradition, all Nobel Prize winners are invited to accept their award in person at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, but officials at the Swedish Academy, the organization which decides the honorees, previously claimed they had been struggling to get hold of Dylan.
Asked if he would be attending the December 10 prize-giving, he responded, “Absolutely,” adding, “If it’s at all possible.”
And he insisted he hasn’t been ignoring organizers’ calls and emails, suggesting he is easy to reach, stating, “Well, I’m right here.”
Dylan’s interview surfaces almost a week after Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg branded the veteran musician “impolite and arrogant” after reportedly failing to respond to officials’ messages about the award.