Monday, April 07, 2008

Bob Dylan Wins A Pulitzer

Kind of cool news today. From the Herald-Sun:

Legendary musician and folk icon Bob Dylan was handed a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize board today, following in the footsteps of fellow musicians Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

Dylan was honoured with the special citation for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power", the board said, announcing the winners.

The board, which normally concentrates on US print journalism, does not make special citations every year but has in the past recognised Theodor Seuss Geisel, the writer of the Dr Seuss books, and author Ray Bradbury.

Jazz musicians Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane were both mentioned posthumously, in 2006 and 2007.

The award had nothing directly to do with his book Chronicles, which I reviewed in October.


Sue said...

good for him.

adam brown said...
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I was totally taken aback by this announcement regarding Dylan and Pulitzer. But certainly well deserved.

I don't know if you were reporting on the news or are actually a fan, but if you are then I thought I'd introduce you to my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, which I think you'd enjoy.

It's a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven's door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture...

Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they're all characters in Bob's songs.

You can get a copy on or go "behind the tracks" at to learn more about the book.

Isorski said...

Hey Thomas - Thanks for the comment. I am indeed a large Dylan fan. I reviewed The Essential Interviews here: and posted some general thoughts here:

I will totally check out your book. Thanks for letting me know about it.