By now, most of you have heard the news that Bob Dylan, America's own troubadour, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Dylan, 75, is the first musician to ever receive the prestigious honor and, by all accounts, public opinion of the decision is generally favorable.
Born Robert Zimmerman to a middle-class Jewish family in Minnesota, Dylan plied his trade in the early days in the folk music clubs in and around New York City. What set him apart from so many singer songwriters of the early to mid '60s was the depth of his lyrics. They were complex enough, interesting enough, to stand alone as poetry. Whether the words were ever married to music wasn't nearly as relevant as you might think.