Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature

75-year-old rock legend Bob Dylan was awarded The Nobel Prize  “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”

Born in 1941, Robert Allen Zimmerman, who took the name Dylan from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, began his singer-songwriter career in 1959, playing in cafes in The U.S.

A lot of his most popular music was created in the 1960s, when he became a cultural icon in America.

Songs like The Times They are A-Changin’ and Blowin’ in the Wind became anthems of the American Civil Rights and anti-war movements.

His departure from old-fashioned folk songwriting, coupled with a decision to “go electric” was equally successful.

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