And he was told but these few words
Which opened up his heart:
If you cannot bring good news, then don't bring any.
Good news folks, Bob Dylan just won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In doing so, he became the first musician to win the prize, and the first American since Toni Morrison in 1993. But more than that, his win vindicates the tradition of folk and rock music in the U.S. as art of the highest order. Hats off to you, Bobby D!
For all the Dylan fans celebrating the win, make sure to check out Mike Marqusee's Wicked Messenger, and Howard Zinn's Artists in Times of War.