>> Folk hero and counterculture icon Bob Dylan awarded the Nobel prize for literature on Thursday.>> Bob Dylan.>>
>> The Swedish academy, bestowing it on Dylan for quote, having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. The announcement met with some gasps. Dylan being a bit of a departure from past recipients.
Including literary giants, Rudyard Kipling, William Faulkner, and John Steinbeck.
But his powerful and poignant song lyrics made him a spokesman for the 60s generation. With such songs as Blowin' in the Wind, the Times, They Are a Changin', and Subterranean Homesick Blues. Reuters editor and music blogger, Jeremy Gaunt.>> Take the music away and read them, and they are poetry.
And in some schools in America, they studied Dylan as a poet rather than as a musician. One of the things that I think is interesting in this it's that music has kind of come of age by getting this prize. If you look at the 19th century, people used to write poetry all the time, people don't do that anymore, but people write lyrics.
So our poetry for the generation of the 20th century and the 21st century is basically musical poetry. And this is a recognition of that.>> The Nobel and explanation point on a more than five decade career, during which he's won multiple Grammys, an Oscar, a Pulitzer and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
At 75 he continues to record and tour. With a live show in Las Vegas planned for Thursday night. Dylan is the first American to win the Nobel for Literature since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993. It comes with a cash prize of more than $900,000.