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Still no word from Dylan on his Nobel prize

The Telegraph | 2016-10-19 07:01:38.0
Bob Dylan
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The Nobel Prize committee has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, six days after he became the first musician awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Dylan, 75, is yet to respond to the accolade, which was announced on Thursday. That evening he gave a concert in Las Vegas in which he spoke little and did not mention the award.

On Friday he performed in Coachella, as part of the Desert Trip festival - and was commended by The Rolling Stones, who performed after him.

"I want to thank Bob Dylan for an amazing set," said Sir Mick Jagger. "We have never shared the stage with a Nobel prize winner before."

Keith Richards said: "I can't think of anybody that deserved it better."

The Swedish Academy said it had not heard from Dylan.

Dylan has a long and erratic history with award ceremonies, beginning with his 1963 Tom Paine award for civil rights, in which he delivered a rambling acceptance speech saying he sympathised with JFK's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. He later issued an apology.

In 2000 he won the Oscar for Best Original Song, with Things Have Changed from the film Wonder Boys. He accepted the award via video link from Australia.

In 2007 he skipped the Crown Prince of Spain's ceremony to award the Prince of Asturias medal, playing that night in Omaha instead, and in 2010 he did not pitch at the White House to collect the National Medal for the Arts.


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