Dylan & the Beats



Lawrence Ferlinghetti on Nobel: ‘Bravo for Dylan.’ – Hillel Italie (AP) – Washington Post – October 14, 2016

“I had come to appreciate the strong link between Bob and the Beat poets. Before Bob, nobody had written songs overflowing with the kind of imagery he conjured; he shared with these writers a fearlessness when it came to pushing limits.” -Robbie Robertson

Also, in Can song lyrics ever be poetry, Brian Wheeler of BBC News (October 14, 2016) talks of the

two-way traffic between the literary and musical worlds, which began with the Beat Poets ….Leonard Cohen, a published poet, slid effortlessly into the role of folk balladeer. John Lennon published a volume of nonsense verse In His Own Write.

Song words began to be printed on gatefold album sleeves, allowing the audience – educated young people desperate for the music they loved to have some depth and meaning – the opportunity to pore over them as if they were great works of literature.

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