April 7: Bob Dylan won Honorary Pulitzer Prize in 2008

Jesse Dylan (right) accepts the 2008 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation to Bob Dylan, from Richard Oppel, co-chair of The Pulitzer Prize Board.

April 7: Bob Dylan was awarded Honorary Pulitzer Prize in 2008

Bob Dylan was awarded with the special citation on Monday, April 7, making history as the first rock and roll artist to be honored. Singer, songwriter, author, musician, and poet was  recognized for his:

“… profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.”
– Pulitzer Price Official site

“We didn’t just look up one afternoon and say, ‘Why don’t we give this to Dylan?’  There’s a history there, and a lot of deliberation and effort to figure out who would be truly worthy.”
Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzers.

“There’s something unsettling about Mr. Dylan being awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but why do we want to be settled?”
Christopher Ricks (author, Dylan’s Vision of sin)

Well, he deserved it. Fans, critics and academics have obsessed over his lyrics since the mid 60s. Thanks to him Rock’n Roll got the attention and reckognition worthy of a Pulitzer Prize.

“His songs include countless biblical references and he has claimed Chekhov, Walt Whitman and Jack Kerouac as influences. His memoir, “Chronicles, Volume One,” received a National Book Critics Circle nomination in 2005 and is widely acknowledged as the rare celebrity book that can be treated as literature.”
– Billboard


Bob Dylan: Honors and Inductions:

 President Barack Obama presents Dylan with a Medal of Freedom
Year Title Results
1963 Tom Paine Award Honors
1970 Princeton University, New Jersey Honorary Doctorate of Music
1982 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inducted
1990 Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres Honors
1997 Kennedy Center Honors Honors
1997 The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Recipient
2000 Polar Music Prize Winner
2002 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Inducted
2004 St. Andrews University, Scotland Honorary Doctorate of Music
2007 Prince of Asturias Awards Winner
2008 Pulitzer Prize Special Citations and Awards Winner
2009 National Medal of Arts Honors
2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
2013 Officier de la Legion d’honneur Recipient

– Hallgeir

One thought on “April 7: Bob Dylan won Honorary Pulitzer Prize in 2008”

  1. Thankful for Bob Dylan inspiring so many of us to be alert and be present and be ourselves. If there is a prize for this it should have his name on it. There is no other contemporary artist with that much influence on so many lives.

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