Patti Smith Explains Dylan Lyric Flub In Candid Essay

Patti Smith states when she stumbled over the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song during the Nobel Prize ceremony last week, it had been because she had been overwhelmed with nerves by the enormity of this encounter, not since she forgot the words to A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Smith writes in an essay published Wednesday by the New Yorker that after enjoying the song since she was a teen and rehearsing it in the days and months leading up to the service, its lyrics “were now a part of me.”

“I hadn’t forgotten the words that were now part of me,” she writes. “I was simply unable to pull out them.”

The singer-songwriter explains that she had picked one of her songs when she was invited to perform in honor of this literature laureate at the Nobel ceremony. However, when Dylan was announced as the recipient, she chose one of her favorites.

Smith writes that on the afternoon of the service, “I thought of my mother, who bought me my first Dylan album once I was barely sixteen.”

“It happened to me then that, though I didn’t reside in the time of Arthur Rimbaud, I was in the time of Bob Dylan,” Smith writes. “I also thought of my husband remembered performing the song together, imagining his palms forming the chords.”

Smith abruptly stopped singing during her operation at Stockholm’s Concert Hall on Dec. 10 and requested the orchestra to start again. “I apologize. I’m sorry, I am so nervous,” Smith said at the time.

In her candid, poetic piece published Wednesday, she says guests at the ceremony received her kindly and informed her that her operation “seemed a metaphor for their struggles.” She says the experience made her “come to terms with all the truer nature of my duty.”

“Why do we commit our job? Why do we work?” She writes. “It’s above all for the entertainment and transformation of these people. It is all for them. Nothing was asked for by the tune. Nothing was requested for by the inventor of the song. So why should I ask for anything?”

Jimmy Fallon As Bob Dylan Takes Aim At Trump, Hosts Songversation With Justin Timberlake

In the clip taken in black and white, Fallon dons wig a guitar and glasses to carry out without mentioning him by 36, his rendition of the 1964 song that takes jabs at President Trump.  

The late night host croons: “Come Men and Women who hashtag Me Too / And believe me when I say we believe you / For weak is the Person who calls Fact ‘fake news’ / Time’s up, our silence we’re breaking”

In another verse, he provides reporters his support.

Justin Timberlake, with Sunday’s halftime performer, he also spent some time for the special of Fallon.

Fallon along with his pal and collaborator had a songversation, which involves a mixture of talking and singing. Confused? After the two realized they had vastly different plans for the major match  — with Timberlake performing and Fallon reaping the benefits of a seven-layer dip he made with the assistance of Pinterest —  both belted out “We lead two distinct lives, two different lives.”

See more of the songvo from the clip over. (Please forgive us for “using abbreviations, shortening words in an attempt to seem trendy and young” like Timberlake and Fallon.)  

Books: New And Noteworthy

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes from the novels available every week.

1. The Lyrics, 1961-2012 by Bob Dylan (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 1)

What it’s about: Collected song lyrics from the guy who just won the Nobel Prize.

The buzz: Talk about great timing: until Dylan won the Nobel, Simon & Schuster had planned this tome.

2. The Incorrect Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (Little, Brown, fiction, available Nov. 1)

What it’s about: L.A. private investigator Harry Bosch is working on two cases: searching for the possible heir of a billionaire, and helping the authorities onto a rape investigation.

The buzz: the bestselling books have been made in an Amazon Prime series starring Titus Welliver, and This is the 19th Bosch book.

3. Tippi by Tippi Hedren (William Morrow, non-fiction, available Nov. 1)

What it’s about: The actress and animal rights activist writes a memoir.

The buzz spills on her difficult relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, who directed her.

4. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and more powerful by Fredrik Backman (Atria, fiction, available Nov. 1)

What it is about: In this novella, an older man struggles to hold on to his memories.

The buzz: Backman is the author of the sleeper hit on A Man Called Ove made into a movie.

5. American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion and Business by Tommy Hilfiger (Ballantine, non-fiction, on sale Nov. 1)

What it’s about: The designer weaves the tale of how he built his preppy American brand.

The buzz:  “An honest, simple…entertaining autobiography,” says Kirkus Reviews.

Bob Dylan Archives Land In Oklahoma, Near Guthrie Museum

TULSA, Okla. –  Over 6,000 items of Bob Dylan memorabilia such as handwritten lyrics to Tangled Up In Blue and his first contract with a music publisher have found a home in Oklahoma close to a museum honoring one of his major influences, folk singer Woody Guthrie.

The archives from Dylan’s six-decade profession, obtained from the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa for about $15 million and $20 million, also consist of early records from 1959 and a wallet that has Johnny Cash’s former address and phone number.

Dylan, who’s originally from Minnesota, said he’s glad the archives located a house and the Tulsa place makes a great deal of feel, “to be contained with the functions of Woody Guthrie and notably together with all of the precious artifacts from the Native American Nations.”

“It’s a great honor,” Dylan said in a statement.

A couple of things were already on display Wednesday in the Gilcrease Museum, including Dylan’s cigarette-stained lyrics to Chimes of Freedom on stationary by the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Toronto and early iterations of Visions of Johanna written on sheets by a yellow legal pad.

“The only damage is Bob’s coffee stains and cigarette spots,” said Michael Chaiken, the inaugural curator of the group.

Nearly 1,000 items have arrived up to now at the university’s Helmerich Center for American Research, which is connected with the city’s Gilcrease Museum. Transferring the archive will take up to two decades.

Exhibits will eventually be on screen in the Brady Arts District of Tulsa, near the museum, although the trove of memorabilia will be housed at the memorial.

Guthrie’s archives were obtained by the George Kaiser Family Foundation at 2011 for $3 million, and the Woody Guthrie Center is a area of the city’s centerpiece.

Landing Guthrie’s archives in Tulsa laid the groundwork University of Tulsa president Steadman Upham said Wednesday.

“Obtaining Woody back to Oklahoma created a foundation that started to explore the rich musical history of the city,” he said. “I believe it was those things together. Bob Dylan did not want this to be another item on the shelf; he desired this to be special.”

Chaiken stated Tulsa’s standing as a working city and a crossroads for several genres of music make it an perfect choice to house Dylan’s archive rather than institutions and cities which lobbied for its acquisition.

“With everything with Bob, it is a tiny bit of a sideways movement,” Chaiken said in a meeting. “No disrespect to among the Ivy League schools, but I believe there is something endearing about it going to Tulsa and not visiting an Ivy League school.”

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

Watch out kid, it’s something you did.

Perhaps this: “generated new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.” That is how Stockholm’s Nobel Academy sums up the accomplishment 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, at a time when even the antiques are known to readers of journals, but also as it sets a precedent.

Dylan is the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Though suggested previously, he was considered out of the running, because his poetry occurs to be sung. Academy secretary Sara Danius begged to differ. “Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear,” she explained. “But it is absolutely alright to read his functions as poetry.”

“It makes great sense, it is late if something,” states 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 at his lyrics, like they were the sonnets of Byron, that are considered literature, or even whoever has composed poetry, do the lyrics divorced from the music rack up? They do. In reality, the music takes a back seat.”

There is another way that Dylan is a particularly fitting candidate for this 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 became one of the planet’s great arms producers, and invented dynamite.

Back in 1888, a French paper published his obituary by error (it was his brother that died). The end result of the story read: “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill people faster than previously, died yesterday.” Horrified, like Ebenezer Scrooge, by this glance of posterity would see him, he changed his ways.

He didn’t give up manufacturing dynamite. However he did establish that the Nobel Peace Prize, which gave some 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 should never underestimate the Swedish sense of humor.”

Nobel also established four other prizes: in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Literature. What these things have to do with world peace may be more obscure. But obviously, Nobel had noble things in your mind: the literary award, established in 1901, was given to the author who made “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Whether “ideal” — “idealisk” in Swedish — meant “idealistic” in the sense of devoted to a worthy goal, or “perfect” as in perfect, has been a topic of debate ever since. Suffice it to say, over the years such worthy writers as Chekhov, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Henry James and James Joyce were denied the prize for being insufficiently “idealistic.”

That brings us to Bob Dylan.

Here is a writer who is overwhelmingly perfect. He changed the direction of pop music precisely by bringing poetry. Without him, The Beatles could have spent their career singing “yeah yeah yeah.” Jimi Hendrix would have been only 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 musicians like Common or Talib Kweli or just about anybody who made audio after 1965.

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

What artist said more, also said it bitingly, about the subject of peace and war? What artist had more in relation to his music altering the management of public opinion, even federal coverage?

Just how many 1960s peace rallies mobilized into the breeds of Blowin’ in the Wind? How many idealistic children played with The Times They Are A-Changin’ to baffled parents who could not understand what all 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 Gonna Fall?

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

Just how many poets could claim to have named a radical underground protest group (The Weathermen was motivated by a line in Subterranean Homesick Blues: “You do not need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”) ? How many could claim to have shifted pubic sentiment on a major legal situation: the of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer accused of murder (though many folks, particularly in the crime scene of Paterson, N.J., could happen with Dylan’s Hurricane)?

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

‘Lost’ Dylan Lyrics Birth ‘Basement Tapes’

An indispensible collection of raw, the Basement Tapes, roots-hugging Americana crafted although the rock world was adrift in psychedelia, remains one of Bob Dylanpotent and’s most influential works.

And he wasn’t finished.

His recently Uncovered lyrics for two dozen songs written in 1967 Type the foundation for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, a Record featuring Elvis Costello, ” Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons and producer T Bone Burnett.

The group has been creating music for the lyrics and is at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles finishing tracks for an album to be published later this season by Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records. It’ll Be accompanied Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, by a Showtime documentary. He also led the Wilco doc I Am.

Back in 1967, Dylan Listed over 100 tracks with the Hawks (musicians who Afterwards rose to fame as The Band) at and about his Woodstock, N.Y., Dwelling, including I Shall Be Released, This Wheel’s On Fire and You Ain’t Going Nowhere.

Songs surfaced in bootlegs although not officially until 1975’s The Basement Tapes.

Nearly 50 decades after, Lost on the River revisits that period with a fresh set of players.

“Good music is best made when a neighborhood of musicians gets collectively for the common good,” Burnett says in an announcement. “There’s a deep well of support and jealousy in the room at all times, and that reflects the tremendous generosity shown by Bob in sharing those legends.”

Jones, whose movie will combine the current studio sessions with first Basement Tapes lore, adds, “The discovery of the formerly unknown Bob Dylan tunes which were believed lost since 1967 is the stuff of Hollywood fiction along with a find of truly historic proportions. It is a special opportunity to these artists and picture T Bone since they collaborate with every other, and a young Bob Dylan, to create songs and recordings. These days and nights in the studio have been nothing less than magical.”

Column: Nobel Prize Or Not, Bob Dylan Changed Us

If any Author deserved the Nobel Prize for Literature, it’s Bob Dylan.

The new honor marks the first time a songwriter has been Given the Decoration, but Dylan is hardly just a songwriter.    

Everything was changed by Bob Dylan.   Music changed. He shifted writing. He altered the kind of voices which could be on the radio. Through his lyrics he brought, and still brings, poetry to audiences who might have never appreciated it before.

Dylan joins Samuel Beckett, Gunter Grass, Pablo Neruda, Jean Paul Sartre, Pearl Buck, John Steinbeck, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, T.S. Elliot and many others.

Dylan owes a bit to nearly all of them, however, the younger ones likely also owe a little something to Dylan, too.

With Dylan songs   became literature.   No artist, of any stripe, has had phases at which he or she created more influential work than Dylan over the span of just two  decades – 1965 and 1966. From this period came the records Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde and tunes such as Mr. Tambourine Man, Visions of Johanna, Like a Rolling Stone, Ballad of a Thin Man, Desolation Row and Just Like a Woman.   The tunes included free-association that, at least based on longtime friend Joan Baez, even Dylan didn’t know what it meant while he was creating them.

The traces are subject to a plethora of interpretations. There is  thickness. There is danger. He referenced modern culture, myths, classic literature and the Bible.   It seems like a subconscious exploding and divides into a concrete. Simply listen to the barrage of words from the pre-rap  Subterranean Homesick Blues.   Occasionally it sounds silly, but it is spiked with thoughts that have resonated with listeners ever since, including the line, “You do not need a weatherman to know  how the wind blows,” that has come to be  about as familiar as Benjamin Franklin’s maxims from Poor Richard’s Almanack.

And all this came  Later  Dylan had Awakened the Entire World with topical Tunes A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Blowin’ In the Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin’  and Chimes of Freedom — works that expressed the Thoughts of the Civil Rights Movement and the protests against the Vietnam War poetically rather than with Demonstration chants and signs.

He’s returned to external subjects throughout his career, constantly challenging us to look at another side of a film.

Dylan Initially performed in Knoxville in 1965 at the Civic Coliseum, but he appeared in Knoxville Several times, including a show at Thompson-Boling Arena and more intimate shows at the Civic Auditorium and the Tennessee Theatre.

He’ll appear at the Tennessee again on Nov. 9. I didn’t see him before he played in the Auditorium at the 1990s, and I was amazed at both his electricity stage and I could understand the words to the new tunes he sang. Unlike how he’s been depicted and the way he has sometimes sounded about television, Dylan decided to sing clearly and be understood.

The intriguing thing about Dylan as a performer is that he’s never stopped investigating, never stopped changing and never ceased baffling and  sometimes   infuriating audiences. When Dylan began incorporating rock into his folk songs, one British enthusiast famously shouted Judas  at the singer between his songs. Dylan’s answer was to tell the group to turn the volume up, then Dylan and the band launched into  Just Like a Rolling Stone, which moved on to become one of the best-loved songs in contemporary music.   After the Jewish-born artist adopted Christianity it was seen as a joke by a few and his work from the time was dismissed by many, but listen to his own faith-based tune Every Grain of Sand  from the age  and try to make an argument that it’s not one of his best works. It is a good illustration of just how easy and concise good writing could be.

When Dylan recently published two albums crooning classic pop standards, audiences and critics were befuddled again. Dylan doesn’t apologize. He moves forward. But it should be noted that the last time he released two albums of songs he had not written he returned with the album Time Out of Mind (1997), that contained some of his most powerful brand new tunes in years. Again, the tunes could be obtained as simple amusement, but were worthy of profound investigation — if you wanted to move there.

Of course the analysts have gotten creating a religion but that is how people have been influenced by his work.

The majority of us are fans of Dylan. His music provided a background and has helped us through challenging times. However, in addition, he changed us just like he changed music.He made those of us who grew up in the 1960s and ’70s look at music differently and occasionally made us examine the world differently. Great art does this. And he did. There was more popular or beloved than The Beatles in the 1960s and listen to their songs  as soon as they listened to Dylan. He continues to do both with artists along with listeners.   Music artists each week and I talk and songwriters often reference Dylan’s influence. It would be impossible to not be influenced if they were not directly affected.   Is there? Is there? It would be hard to imagine.

All you can resolve about Dylan winning the Nobel Prize is.

Patti Smith Explains Dylan Lyric Flub In Essay

Patti Smith states when she stumbled across the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song during the Nobel Prize ceremony last week, it had been because she had been overwhelmed with nerves from the enormity of the encounter, not because she forgot the words to A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Smith writes in a article published Wednesday by the New Yorker that after enjoying the song because she was a teen and rehearsing it incessantly in the days and months leading up to the ceremony, its lyrics “were now a part of me.”

“I had not forgotten the words which were now a part of me,” she writes. “I was simply not able to draw them out.”

The singer-songwriter explains that she’d picked one of her own songs when she was invited in September to play at the Nobel ceremony in honour of their eventual literature laureate. But when Dylan was declared as the receiver, she picked one of her longtime favorites from his catalogue.

Smith writes that on the afternoon of the ceremony, “I thought of my mom, who bought me my first Dylan record when I was barely sixteen.”

“It happened to me then , although I didn’t reside at the time of Arthur Rimbaud, I existed in the time of Bob Dylan,” Smith writes. “I also thought of my husband remembered performing the song together, picturing his hands forming the chords.”

Smith suddenly stopped singing during her performance at Stockholm’s Concert Hall on Dec. 10 and asked the orchestra to start again. “I apologize. I am sorry, I am so nervous,” Smith said at the moment.

In her candid, poetic piece published Wednesday, she says guests at the ceremony received her and advised her that her operation “appeared a metaphor for our own struggles.” She says that the experience made her “come to terms with all the truer nature of my duty.”

“Why can we commit our job? Why do we perform?” She writes. “It’s above all for the entertainment and transformation of the folks. It is all for them. The tune requested for nothing. The inventor of the song requested for nothing. So why should I ask for anything?”

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

Here is 1 group you do not usually hear related to celebrity feuds: the men and women who hand out Nobel prizes.

But one among the academy is calling out Bob Dylan over his failure to react since its Oct. 13 announcement bestowing the Nobel Prize for literature into the 75-year-old singer. He is the first artist to acquire the literature award in the academy’s 115-year history.

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

“You can say that it’s impolite and haughty. He’s 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 now in Dylan’s court.

Just two individuals have declined a Nobel Prize in literature. Boris Pasternak did from Soviet governments in 1958 and Jean-Paul Sartre, who declined all honors that are official, flipped down it in 1964.

The service have skipped before. Austrian playwright and novelist Elfriede Jelinek stayed home, citing a social strain.

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

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

Can Bob Dylan Accept His Nobel Prize?

Bob Dylan fans rejoiced if the singer-songwriter made history, becoming the first musician to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

However, will he accept the honor?

Speculation swirled Friday when cite of this Nobel Prize was scrubbed from the musician’s site, where the phrase “winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature” had formerly been added to the webpage  promoting a book of his own lyrics.

Now, it’s not there.

Add to this, NBC News reports  the Swedish Academy told local press  its own board has given up attempting to confirm whether he’ll even attend a Stockholm banquet honoring him and other Nobel winners in December.

Dylan, 75, is known for shying from awards recognition   and has yet to openly admit  the esteemed win.

When the Nobel Prize was announced, the Swedish Academy said they were honoring Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the fantastic American song heritage.”

Dylan’s Nobel Prize for literature marks the first time the award has gone to someone who’s mainly seen as a musician.   He’s the first American to win the prize for literature because Toni Morrison in 1993.

Dylan, whose songs include Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008  for   his “profound effect on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of outstanding poetic power.

The ceremony for Nobel Prize winners  occurs on Dec. 10.