The Life Of Elvis: Bob Dylan To The King Off To Bono Sound

MEMPHIS — an unprecedented lifestyle was dwelt by him — the poor boy that shook the world, the star who became a warrior, the icon not even death would stop.

Forty years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42, Elvis Presley’s life stands as one of the most analyzed in American history, and we aren’t close exhausted with the topic. Four years on, books continue to be written, films created and tunes sung about this singular life, and afterlife.

What follows is one variant of the Elvis story, from rise to tragedy that is Greek-worthy, in 40 quotes.

Sun rise and shine: The 1950s

Review: Neil Young Is Political As Ever On ‘Peace Trail’

Though many of the rock peers spend their careers that are late-era embarking on tours and recording cover albums, Neil Young is fiery and successful as ever. And given the increased political climate in which he releases his most recent  studio album Trail  (** and a half from **** out Fri.), there’s no shortage of societal ills for the legendary   singer-songwriter to condemn, his trademark   reedy voice just slightly shakier with age.

However, in 2016, protest music seems, and appears, considerably different than the guitar-strumming screeds Young has spent his career recording. While this point, he’s recorded a half-century of injustice from early favorites like Ohio and Southern Man to more recent crusades from big agribusiness and Monsanto. And from the sounds of Peace Trail, the world’s burden is sitting deep on Young’s shoulders. His new songs pulse with immediacy, moving a record of 2016 salient topics, particularly the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

Over pow-wow drums and guitars, highlights Indian Givers and the title track of the album paint a picture of this battle in Standing Rock, the tunes’ heroes fighting for the right . “There’s a battle ragin’ about the holy land / Our brothers and sisters had to take a stand,” he sings on Indian Givers.   Meanwhile, the John Oaks tells a story of police brutality in a different perspective, focusing killed by an officer’s gun in his automobile.

Nobel Academy Penis Calls Bob Dylan’s Silence ‘arrogant’

Here is one group you do hear associated with star feuds: the people who hand out Nobel prizes.

However one member of the Swedish academy is calling out Bob Dylan over his failure to respond since its Oct. 13 announcement bestowing the Nobel Prize for literature to the 75-year-old singer. He’s the first musician to win the literature award at the 115-year history of the academy.

Per Wastberg stated Dylan’s lack of reaction to the honor the academy a week, bestowed on him was predictable, but disrespectful.

“You can say that it is impolite and arrogant. He is who he is,” Wastberg was quoted as saying in Saturday’s edition of the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

He went on to say that Academy members have agreed to cease trying to contact him, stating the ball is currently in Dylan’s court.

Only two people have declined a Nobel Prize in literature. Boris Pasternak did so under pressure from Soviet governments in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who declined all official honors, turned down it in 1964.

Literature laureates have skipped the ceremony before. In 2004, Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek stayed home, citing a phobia.

Alice Munro and Harold Pinter overlooked the service for health reasons in 2013 and 2005.

Dylan’s attitude might be explained by lyrics out of his 1981 song The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar: “Try to be pure in heart, they detain you for robbery. Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your excitement for snobbery.”

British Writer Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize For Literature

LONDON — The writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, the Swedish Academy said.  

Ishiguro, 62,  who’s famous  for novels such as A Pale View of Hills (1982), The Remains of the Day (1989) and Never allow me to Go (2005), wins $1.1 million.

The academy said his novels  show   “great psychological force” and  discover  “the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”  

In Ishiguro’s Latest work, The Buried Giant (2015), an Older couple go on a

Road trip via an English landscape, hoping to reunite with their adult son, whom they’ve not seen for ages. The  novel movingly explores  how memory relates into oblivion, history to the current — and fantasy to fact.  

Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954. His family moved to Britain when he was five-years-old and he returned to visit his country of birth only as a grownup.  

Many in the publishing world will view Ishiguro’s win in one of the most surprising decisions from the prize’s history, American singer and poet after year, as a comparatively safe alternative by the academy.

The Swedish Academy said Dylan won “for having made fresh poetic expressions over the fantastic American song tradition.” However, the decision sparked discussion, including about if song lyrics should be qualified, from Dylan himself.

One of the top contenders preferred by bookmakers this season were: Japan’s Haruki Murakami, 68, whose novels   fuse the realistic and the fantastic, and Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 79, whose political perform forced him to leave Africa for the USA.

The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded 110 times to 114 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2017. In 2015, an choice was also made by the Swedish Academy in providing the award to Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich. Her journalism and non-fiction works research topics related to the Soviet Union’s rest.

Alfred Nobel’s prescriptions for the prize   were quite vague. He said it should go annually to “the most outstanding work in an perfect direction.”

The prize has been won by 14 girls. On four occasions, the award has been shared between two  people. The youngest ever   laureate was Rudyard Kipling, in 41; Doris Lessing, the oldest. She was 88 when she won the trophy.  

Joachim Frank, Richard Henderson and Jacques Dubochet, three researchers Located at the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland, respectively, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for Improvements in electron microscopy.

The medicine prize went to three Americans analyzing circadian rhythms: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. The physics prize went to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for detecting gravitational waves. Friday the peace prize is going to be announced.

The awarding of the  peace prize comes amid debate about if Aung San Suu Kyi — that won the prize in 1991 — ought to be stripped of the honor. The de facto leader of Myanmar has attracted international condemnation for her defense of the country’s treatment of its Rohingya population, a minority Muslim group.

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar from the thousands for Bangladesh. The United Nations has characterized Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing.”

For the second year in a row, President Trump was nominated for the peace prize. Organization or any individual may be chosen by anyone qualified to nominate.

Eligible nominators, according to the academy, include but aren’t limited to: college chancellors, professors of political and social science and other disciplines; leaders of peace research institutes; members of national assemblies, governments, and global courts of lawenforcement; and previous Nobel peace prize laureates.

Column: Bob Dylan A Surprising, Deserving, Nobel Laureate That Is Poetic

Look out kid, it’s something that you did.

Perhaps this: “generated new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” That is how Stockholm’s Nobel Academy sums up the achievement of Bob Dylan, who on Thursday was granted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

It is a stunning statement. Not only because of Dylan’s worldwide popularity, but at a time when the best poets are known to readers of journals that are vague, but also because it sets a precedent.

Dylan is the first musician.

Though suggested previously, he was considered out of the running, because his poetry occurs to be sung. Academy secretary Sara Danius begged to differ: The Greek bards, she said, also staged their poetry. “Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear,” she explained. “But it’s perfectly alright to read his works as poetry.”

“It makes great sense, it’s late if anything,” says David Wills of Woodcliff Lake, who like “Ghosty” hosts the Vintage Rock & Pop Shop  show at 11 a.m. Sundays, and Retro Radio at 6 a.m. Tuesdays on WFDU 89.1-FM. “If you were to look in his lyrics, as if they were the sonnets of Byron, which are considered literature, or even anyone who has written poetry, perform the lyrics as divorced from the music rack up? They do. In fact, the music takes a back seat”

There’s another way, too, that Dylan is a particularly fitting candidate for this prize.

The history of Alfred Nobel and his awards is well known. In a nutshell — or maybe bombshell — Alfred Bernhard Nobel was the century Swedish chemist who invented dynamite, and became one of the world arms manufacturers.

In 1888, a French newspaper printed his obituary by mistake (it was his brother who died). The end result of the story read: “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became wealthy by finding ways to kill people quicker than previously, expired yesterday.” His ways — somewhat, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, with this glimpse of he would be viewed by posterity he changed.

He didn’t give fabricating dynamite up. However he did establish that the Nobel Peace Prize, which gave some of his arms-gotten gains to folks who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies…” As Gore Vidal remarked years later, “one must never underestimate the Swedish sense of humor.”

Nobel also launched four other prizes: in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. These things need to do with world peace might be more obscure. But of course, Nobel had noble things in your mind: that the literary award, established in 1901, was to be given to the author who made “in the field of literature the most outstanding job in an perfect direction.” Whether “ideal” — “idealisk” in Swedish — supposed “idealistic” in the sense of dedicated to a worthy purpose, or “perfect” as in ideal, has been a topic of debate ever since. Suffice it to say, over the decades such worthy writers as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Henry James and James Joyce were denied that the trophy for being insufficiently “idealistic.”

Which brings us back.

Here, clearly, is a writer who’s overwhelmingly perfect. By bringing poetry to the lyrics he changed the direction of pop songs. Without him, The Beatles would have spent his career singing “yeah yeah yeah.” Without him, Jimi Hendrix would have been only a better-than-average blues guitarist. Without him, there would have been no Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Donovan, Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, P.J. Harvey, Leonard Cohen, hip-hop artists like Common or Talib Kweli or nearly anybody who made music after 1965.

In terms of “idealism” — in the sense which Nobel could have meant it — Dylan’s impact is equally devastating.

What artist said more, and stated it bitingly, on the subject of peace and war? What artist had more of an impact — in relation to his songs altering the management of public sentiment federal policy?

Many 1960s peace rallies mobilized into the breeds of Blowin’ in the Wind? Many children played The Times They Are A-Changin’ to baffled parents who couldn’t understand what all of this stuff was about? Many Vietnam vets felt they heard their story told at the Gon na Fall of a difficult Rain for the first time?

“Dylan painted with music and words, I would almost say, past almost anyone else from the age, an idealistic image of what the world may be,” said musician and NJPAC executive producer David Rodriguez of Englewood,N.J.

Just how many poets might claim to have named a radical underground protest band (The Weathermen was motivated by a line in Subterranean Homesick Blues: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”) ? How many would claim to have changed pubic sentiment on a important legal situation: the of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer accused of murder (though some people, particularly in the crime scene of Paterson, N.J., could take issue with Dylan’s Hurricane)?

What artist ever stuck it to the Alfred Nobels of this world?

Column: Bob Dylan A Sudden, Deserving, Nobel Laureate That Is Poetic

Watch out kid, it’s something you did.

Perhaps this: “created new poetic sayings within the American song tradition” That is how Stockholm’s Nobel Academy sums up the achievement of Bob Dylan, who was granted the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

It’s a stunning announcement. Not because of Dylan’s worldwide popularity, but in a time when the best poets are famous to readers of journals that are obscure, but also because it sets a precedent.

Dylan is the first musician.

Though proposed previously, he was generally considered out of the running, since his poetry happens to be sung. Academy secretary Sara Danius begged to disagree. “Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear,” she said. “But it’s perfectly fine to see his works.”

“It makes perfect sense, it’s late if anything,” says David Wills of Woodcliff Lake, who like “Ghosty” hosts the Vintage Rock & Pop Shop  series at 11 a.m. Sundays, and Retro Radio at 6 a.m. Tuesdays on WFDU 89.1-FM. “If you were to look at his lyrics, as if they were the sonnets of Byron, that are thought about literature, or anyone who has written poetry, then do the lyrics as divorced from the songs rack up? They obviously do. In fact, the music often takes a back seat”

There is another way that Dylan is an candidate for this specific prize.

Alfred Nobel and his awards’ history is well known. In a nutshell — or maybe bombshell — Alfred Bernhard Nobel was the 19th century chemist who eventually became one of the world arms manufacturers, and invented dynamite.

Back in 1888, a French newspaper printed his obituary by error (it was actually his brother who died). The lead of the story read: “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by discovering ways to kill more people faster than previously, died yesterday.” His ways, by this glance of he would be viewed by posterity, such as Ebenezer Scrooge , he changed.

He didn’t give up dynamite. But he did establish the Nobel Peace Prize, that gave a number of his arms-gotten gains to folks who’ve “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies…” As Gore Vidal remarked years later, “one must never underestimate the Swedish sense of humor.”

Nobel established four other prizes: in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. These things must do with world peace might be vague. But of course, Nobel had noble things in mind: that the literary award, established in 1901, was to be given to the author who made “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an perfect direction.” Whether “perfect” — “idealisk” in Swedish — supposed “idealistic” in the sense of dedicated to a worthy goal, or “ideal” as in ideal, has been a topic of debate ever since. Suffice it to say, over the years such worthy authors as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Henry James and James Joyce were denied the prize for being insufficiently “idealistic.”

That brings us back.

Here is a writer who’s artistically ideal. He changed the direction of pop music by bringing poetry. Without him, The Beatles would have spent their career singing “yeah yeah yeah.” Jimi Hendrix would have been a better-than-average blues guitarist. Without him, there might have been no Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Velvet Underground, Donovan, Counting Crows, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, P.J. Harvey, Leonard Cohen, hip-hop artists such as Common or Talib Kweli or just about anybody who made audio after 1965.

In relation to “idealism” — in the sense which Nobel might have supposed it — Dylan’s effect is equally devastating.

What artist said more, and said it bitingly, on the field of peace and war? What artist had more of an effect — in terms of his music changing the direction of public sentiment national coverage?

1960s peace rallies mobilized to the strains of Blowin’ in the Wind? How many idealistic children played with The Times They Are A-Changin’ to parents that couldn’t know what of this counterculture stuff was about? How many Vietnam vets felt that they heard their story told for the very first time at a tough Rain’s Gont Fall?

“Dylan painted with words and music, I’d almost say, beyond almost anyone else from the age, an idealistic picture of what the world may be,” said musician and NJPAC executive producer David Rodriguez of Englewood,N.J.

How many poets could claim to have called a radical underground protest group (The Weathermen was inspired by a line in Subterranean Homesick Blues: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”) ? How many could claim to have changed pubic sentiment to a important legal situation: that of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer accused of murder (although a few folks, especially in the crime scene of Paterson, N.J., could take issue with Dylan’s Hurricane)?

What artist stuck it to the Alfred Nobels of the planet like Dylan?

British Writer Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize For Literature

LONDON — The Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro won the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, the awarding Swedish Academy said.  

Ishiguro, 62,  who’s famous  for novels such as A Pale View of Hills (1982), The Remains of the Day (1989) and Never Let Me Go (2005), wins $1.1 million.

The academy said his books   show   “great emotional force” and  uncover   “the abyss under our illusory sense of relationship with the world.”  

In Ishiguro’s Latest work, The Buried Giant (2015), an Older couple go on a

Road trip through an English landscape, hoping to return. The novel movingly explores  fantasy to reality, background to the current — and how memory relates into oblivion.  

Ishiguro was born at Nagasaki, Japan in 1954. His family moved to Britain when he was five-years-old and he returned to see his country of birth just as an adult.  

Ishiguro’s win will be looked at by most in the publishing world as a choice by the academy following year, in one of the decisions in the trophy’s history, American singer and poet.

The Swedish Academy said Dylan won “for having created fresh poetic expressions over the great American song tradition” However, lengthy discussion was sparked by the decision, such as about whether song lyrics should be qualified from Dylan himself.

Among the top contenders preferred by bookmakers this year were: Japan’s Haruki Murakami, 68, whose novels   fuse the realistic and the fantastic, and Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 79, whose political perform forced him to leave Africa for the United States.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 110 occasions to 114 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2017. In 2015, the Academy made an choice in giving the award to Belarus’ Svetlana Alexievich. Her journalism and non-fiction works explore topics related to the rest of the Soviet Union.

Alfred Nobel’s prescriptions for the prize   were vague. He said it should go annually to “the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.”

The prize has been won by only 14 women. On four occasions, the award was shared between two  individuals. The youngest laureate was Rudyard Kipling the oldest. She was 88 when she won the trophy.  

Joachim Frank, Richard Henderson and Jacques Dubochet, three researchers based at the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland, respectively, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for Improvements in electron microscopy.

The medicine prize went to three Americans studying circadian rhythms: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young. The physics prize went to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for detecting gravitational waves. The peace prize is going to be announced.

The awarding of this peace prize comes amid disagreement about whether Aung San Suu Kyi — that won the prize should be stripped of their honour. The leader of Myanmar has drawn international condemnation because of the defense of the country’s treatment of its own Rohingya population, a minority group.

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar in the thousands for Bangladesh. The United Nations has characterized Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya as a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing.”

For the peace prize, President Trump has been nominated for the second year in a row. Any person or organization may be nominated by anyone qualified to nominate.

Eligible nominators, according to the academy, include but aren’t limited to: university chancellors, professors of social and political science and other disciplines; leaders of peace research institutes; members of national assemblies, governments, and global courts of law; and previous Nobel peace prize laureates.

Patti Smith Forgets Words Delivers At Bob Dylan-less Nobel Service

A tough rain falls down much expected.

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith Had two attempts to get through Bob Dylan’s 1963 A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall  in Stockholm Sweden on Saturday at the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Smith faltered when she forgot the words in the verse of one of Dylan’s most famous songs full of lyrics that are complicated. Smith  asked the orchestra and written herself.

“I apologize. I am sorry, Could we begin that?   I am so nervous,” Smith said gently, since  the audience in Stockholm’s Concert Hall clapped in service.

The tune is at the 1 hour, 3 minute markers, in the video below.

After drawing a brief blank again in the third verse, Smith  finished the song with the emotional, soulful flourish. The Associated Press reported it left some in the crowd misty-eyed.

The tv announcer pointed out ” a celebrity like Patti Smith can get a bit nervous in a event like this.”

After becoming the first musician to win the Nobel literature award in the 115-year history of the academy, Dylan was not.

The 75-year-old won the prize “for having made fresh poetic expressions over the great American song tradition,” the Swedish Academy said.