With Thursday’s announcement that Bob Dylan was awarded with the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the award (and the first American to win since novelist Toni Morrison did in 1993) the Guardian website compiled a cool online roundup of reaction to the news about the 75-year-old legend.
Pithily, the New York Times asked, “What took them so long?” and answered: “It’s not as if some new work suddenly clinched the deal. Mr. Dylan has been recognized by anyone who cares about words — not to mention music — since the 1960s, when he almost immediately earned an adjective as his own literary and musical school: Dylanesque.”
President Barack Obama called the honor “well-deserved” and, on Twitter, said, “Congratulations to one of my favorite poets.”
Stephen King tweeted called the win “a great and good thing in a season of sleaze and sadness.”
And singer-songwriter Billy Bragg said, “The last couple of stanzas of ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ opened my eyes and ears to the idea that music and poetry could exist together.”
Upon making the announcement, Sara Danius, permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, called Dylan a “great sampler … and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”
Asked about her favorite Dylan work, Danius steered newcomers to 1966’s “Blonde on Blonde”: “You’ve got many classics and it’s an extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming and putting together refrains and his pictorial thinking.”
LAVERNE UNVEILS AGAIN
Madame Tussauds San Francisco hosted Laverne Cox on Thursday in Hollywood to unveil her wax double — restyled as Dr. Frank-N Furter from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again.”
The reimagined Dr. Frank-N-Furter wears the costume Cox wore during filming of the cult classic, which premieres Oct. 20 on Fox.
The new version of the film boasts Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan, Adam Lambert, Staz Nair, Reeve Carney, Annaleigh Ashford, Christina Milian, Ivy Levan, Ben Vereen and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, in the cast.
In June 2015 Madame Tussauds San Francisco made history when Cox pulled the curtain back on her wax replica, the first transgender figure created in the more than 200-year history of Madame Tussauds.
At 10 p.m. Oct. 16 on Spike, “Bar Rescue” visits San Francisco, where Jon Taffer deals with the folks at Sam Jordan’s, a struggling historical landmark bar with big issues dividing the brother and sister bar owners as well as an untrained staff and declining profits.
Actor Max Thieriot is 28. … Comedian Jay Pharoah is 29. … Singer Usher is 38. … Singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks is 42. … Actor Steve Coogan is 51. Singer Thomas Dolby is 58. … Actor Greg Evigan is 63. … Singer Cliff Richard is 76. … Designer Ralph Lauren is 77. … Actor Roger Moore is 89.