Bob Dylan agrees to accept Nobel Prize – in private

Bob Dylan agrees to accept Nobel Prize – in private


norman lebrecht

March 29, 2017

From the secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius:

In a few days Bob Dylan will visit Stockholm and give two concerts. The Swedish Academy is very much looking forward to the weekend and will show up at one of the performances. Please note that no Nobel Lecture will be held. The Academy has reason to believe that a taped version will be sent at a later point. (Taped Nobel lectures are presented now and then, the latest of which was that of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro in 2013.) At this point no further details are known.

The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.



  • Ungeheuer says:

    If any members of the Academy are reading this, remember to bring your pitch forks to the concert.

  • Arseny Plombum says:

    I thought Dylan (real name Robert Zimmerman) was too busy making commercials for IBM, Chobani and Chrysler. “The voice of his generation” ? No, a talentless front financed by big money (“Blowin in the Wind” was written by a high school student).

  • Zoot Horn says:

    The best “Dylan” I ever heard was the biting parody by Frank Zappa in his song “Flakes” from the album Sheik Yerbouti. Zappa was an accomplished composer and definitely knew that Dylan was substandard and had to rely on others for lyrics and music.

  • Marshall says:

    Dylan is Dylan, Dylan is history, and still he brings the bottom dwellers out, with the same nonsense we’ve
    heard for 50 years. I think most of the world knows what his “real” name is-a whiff of anti-Semitism in the air

    By the way I never thought much of him being awarded the Nobel prize for literature-but they have been about politics for years. I’d be OK with a prize for being Dylan

    Strangely-maybe he is not sure he deserves it?-he’s made such a big deal about accepting the prize properly. I remember he went through the whole routine with the absolutely meaningless Kennedy Center awards-looking calculatingly uncomfortable-why did he go through all of that?-be consistent

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    The Swedish Academy is enormously grateful for Mr Dylan to deign himself to receive the Nobel Prize in person.