Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate

Short Takes — Oct 13, 2016

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 documentary 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.

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