OK, either you think that pigs are flying now, or, you think, “it’s about time.” Those of you looking for pigs in the sky might agree with Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh.
He reacted angrily to the awarding of the Nobel Prize for literature to Bob Dylan. He wrote on Twitter, “I’m a Dylan fan, but this is an ill conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies.”
To quote Bob Dylan, “times they are a changin’.”
Here is our new Nobel laureate for literature singing, “The Times They Are a Changin’ ” released in 1964.
The Nobel committee awarded the prize saying that Dylan had, “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Other Nobel laureates include Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling.
We can agree that Dylan spoke to our 1960s generation through his poetry/lyrics with a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence. So for those of you on the, “it’s about time,” side of this argument, here is Dylan and a couple of friends singing, “Blowin’ In the Wind.” Dylan wrote the song in 1962 and it was released in 1963.
Just FYI. The Nobel prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace, in accordance with his will.
In December of 1965, Dylan visited San Francisco and smoked his way through a press conference. There are a series of video clips online. Here is an example:
Dylan is now 75 years old and continues to tour the world performing.