Can popular be good?

Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.

He is the first songwriter to win the prize.

The award has surprised many and begs the question: can the popular be good?

3 Responses to Can popular be good?

  1. Andrei says:

    Well considering Barack Obama who has bombed seven sovereign Nations in contravention of international law has a Nobel Peace Prize this particular award doesn’t trouble me in the slightest

  2. JC says:

    “can the popular be good?”

    With Dylan thats the wrong question. The statement “The great is often popular” is more appropriate. He’s a genius songwriter in just about any mode encompassing rock, blues, country, gospel and folk.

    Its a stupendous body of work and well deserving of a Nobel.


  3. Paul Scott says:

    Andrei is correct. The Nobel prize is now a socio-political, sad, and ludicrous slogan. Giving Dylan the award does not raise its status.

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