• Since his career began in the early sixties, Bob Dylan has remained one of the most influential forces in popular culture, captivating audiences with songs that draw from the breadth of the American musical idiom and blend fierce social commentary with deeply personal insight. This morning, we were delighted to learn that this great singer-songwriter-poet has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for creating “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

    In celebration, we’re revisiting D. A. Pennebaker’s iconic 1967 Dylan portrait, Dont Look Back, which we released last year. This groundbreaking vérité documentary offers an intimate look at the young artist on an acoustic tour in England in 1965, shortly before his controversial transition into electric rock. In the above excerpt, Dylan sings “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” a frequently covered gem from his sophomore studio album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

3 comments

  • By MelanieDaniels
    October 13, 2016
    09:51 PM

    Congratulations to Bob, for a lifetime of great work.
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  • By Kilianf286
    October 14, 2016
    05:49 PM

    For more Nobel Prize Literature Laureates in the Criterion Collection check out this list I created: https://www.criterion.com/lists/397943-nobel-prize-in-literature
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  • By Rory A.
    October 19, 2016
    01:19 PM

    So, when is Criterion going to add the best film ever made, Peckinpah's PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID, with its classic score by Bob Dylan (who also plays Alias in the film), to the Collection? It's a moving elegy for America, the West, and the Western. It's also a profound study of aging, Peckinpah's KING LEAR, from a poetic script by Rudolph Wurlitzer. (Only don't get Paul Seydor to do the commentary--he still does not understand the film.)
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