Bob Dylan Called ‘Impolite and Arrogant’ by Nobel Academy Member
Bob Dylan's decision to not acknowledge having won the Nobel Prize for Literature, unsurprisingly, isn't sitting too well with the Swedish Academy, the body that awards the prize. Calling it "an unprecedented situation," an academy member has lashed out at Dylan for ignoring their attempts to contact him.
“It’s impolite and arrogant,” Per Wastberg, a Swedish writer said on SVT public television, as reported by The Guardian.
Yesterday, we reported that Dylan has rebuffed every attempt by the committee to contact him, either directly or through someone described as his "closest collaborator." He even removed the acknowledgement of the prize from his website. They are remaining optimistic that Dylan will attend the ceremony on Dec. 10, at which point he will be given an 18-carat gold medal and a check for approximately $900,000. As of now, Dylan's current tour is scheduled to conclude on November 23.
Still, as Wastberg added, "This is an unprecedented situation."
The article notes that on the night that news of the Nobel Prize had been made public, Dylan closed a show in Las Vegas with "Why Try to Change Me Now?" a Cy Coleman song that Frank Sinatra recorded twice -- in 1952 as the final side he cut for Columbia (reportedly as a message to Columbia A&R head Mitch Miller) and again in 1959 on No One Cares, a collection of torch songs. According to Setlist.fm, Dylan, who released his own take on his 2015 collection of standards, Shadows in the Night, has closed every concert with that song since.
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