BY SHAMAN MOMOH
American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was this afternoon named the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
Here are a few facts you may not know about the 75-year old artiste.
- In August 2007, the award-winning film biography of Dylan I’m Not There, written and directed by Todd Haynes, was released—bearing the tagline “inspired by the music and many lives of Bob Dylan”.
- The movie used six different actors to represent different aspects of Dylan’s life: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Ben Whishaw.
- Dylan’s previously unreleased 1967 recording from which the film takes its name was released for the first time on the film’s original soundtrack; all other tracks are covers of Dylan songs, specially recorded for the movie by a diverse range of artists, including Sonic Youth, Eddie Vedder, Mason Jennings, Stephen Malkmus, Jeff Tweedy, Karen O, Willie Nelson, Cat Power, Richie Havens, and Tom Verlaine.
- Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries.
- Dylan has over the years won eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.
- He was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, with the Hebrew reading thus שבתאי זיסל בן אברהם (Shabtai Zisl ben Avraham).
Watch the trailer of I’m Not There below: