Like a rolling stone, Tangled in the blue, Blow in the wind, and Times are changing ‘ are some of Bob Dylan’s best songs, but the 77-year-old singer’s writing isn’t just about lyrics. Dylan also wrote poems, prose, an autobiography, and a nearly four-hour film (which received terrible reviews).
A permanent display at the American Writers Museum in Chicago honors writer Dylan. The “Bob Dylan: electric” exposure, which will remain on view until April 30, 2019, highlights dozens of articles from Dylan’s vast career.
“The world knows Bob Dylan as a prolific songwriter,” said Carey Cranston, president of the museum. declaration. “‘Bob Dylan: Electric’ gives audiences the opportunity to see how his writing has shaped more than American music, but American literature as a whole.”
The period spans Dylan’s “electric” career, starting with when he made his electric guitar debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. The exact instrument he played at the festival – a 1964 Fender Stratocaster sunburst – is naturally one of the exhibits.
Visitors can also view Dylan’s personal copy of The catcher in the rye, which he read in the summer of 1961. He took notes and drew scribbles on the back of the book, including a bottle of rye and the words “good book”. (Interestingly enough, a talent agent approached Dylan the following year and asked if he would play Holden Caulfield in a film adaptation of the book. For better or worse, that never came to fruition.)
Dylan’s writing won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. At the time, the committee’s decision to award a songwriter rather than a novelist was controversial. The New York Times nicknamed him a “disappointing choice”, while Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh (author of Trainspotting) was a little more direct, call him “An ill-conceived nostalgia prize snatched from the rancid prostates of senile and bullshit hippies.”
Nonetheless, Dylan accepted the award, ultimately releasing a video detailing his literary influences. Moby-dick, In the west, nothing is new, and The odyssey are just a few of the singer-songwriter’s many inspirations.