I think more than one person was a little taken aback that Bob Dylan won the Nobel prize for literature.. Do doubt he was part of my teenage years and stirred the hearts and minds of many with his lyrics.. However, Jessica Norrie shares her nominations for the award, artists we may not have heard of but who with their lyrics expressed their views and experiences of the times they lived in.
So pleasing when a neat link arises between one’s own work (last week’s post about books that made me European), and something rather grander (the recent news of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature).
If the Nobel Committee asked me which songwriters deserved a prize for both literature and peace, I’d say the French (and Belgian) ones. George Brassens, Jacques Brel, Barbara...and which interpreters of them deserved something too, for reaching out and breaking down barriers: Piaf, Juliette Gréco singing the words of Brassens, Aragon, Queneau – and Brel again, who crops up everywhere. The work of these songwriters/poets/singers foretold the work of Dylan decades earlier with just as much brio, panache, joie de vivre and on occasion angst (why are none of those English words?) and, dare I say, it more tunefully too. Let’s have a look at a few gems of poetry, simple philosophy…
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