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Connections: The Debate Over Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize In Literature

Oct 18, 2016

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. That has set off a debate about whether music lyrics can be literature.

Our guests tangle over the Dylan selection; we also evaluate his work for the best examples of music as literature. And if Dylan can win, who else from his industry? Joni Mitchell? Justin Timberlake? Okay, maybe not Joni Mitchell. Our guests:

  • John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester
  • James McCorkle, assistant professor of Africana studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Chad Post, publisher, Open Letter Books
  • Roy Stein, director of the music business program at Nazareth College