The Nobel Prize committee has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, five 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.
But Dylan himself had nothing to say about it.
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.
Other awards he blows off completely. We’ll see if this is the case on December 10, when the winners get their prizes.
Keep in mind that the Nobel award is not for folk or pop music, for performing arts, or for being an icon of the hippy era, but for literature based on his lyrics. Hats off to Dylan if he is trying to avoid making a fool of himself by participating in a farce. Obama might have looked less ridiculous if he had responded similarly when they absurdly awarded him the Peace Prize soon after taking office.
On a tip from Lyle.