Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer Prize
April 8, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
BOB DYLAN, singer, poet and one of the heroes of the Sixties generation, has been given a PULITZER PRIZE. DYLAN is the first rock artist to win the award, and was given his honorary PULITZER for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture" at a ceremony in NEW YORK on MONDAY.
In the 65 years since the PULITZER prize for music was launched, judges have tended to favor classical music, and, more recently, jazz. Previous recipients of the music PULITZER include jazz icon JOHN COLTRANE and composer GEORGE GERSHWIN. Rock was dismissed as barbaric and even subversive -- but it seems times are a-changing. PULITZER official SIG GISSLER said DYLAN's special citation "reflects the efforts of the PULITZER board to broaden the scope of the music prize". The 66-year-old singer was recognized for his "lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power".
TOM PETTY, who collaborated with DYLAN in THE TRAVELING WILBURYS, welcomed the award, saying, "To even begin to name the songs in BOB DYLAN's amazing catalogue would take too long and would be like reading from the encyclopedia."