Stockholm: US songwriter Bob Dylan today won the Nobel Literature Prize, the first songwriter to win the prestigious award and an announcement that surprised prize watchers.
Dylan, 75, was honoured “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.
Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941 and began his musical career in 1959, playing in coffee houses in Minnesota.
Much of his best-known work dates from the 1960s. Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They are A-Changin'” became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements.
His move away from traditional folk songwriting, paired with a controversial decision to “go electric” proved equally influential.