Bob Dylan was recently awarded a Nobel Prize for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Many have praised the move, including the former poet laureate Andrew Motion, who said the accolade was “a wonderful acknowledgement of Dylan’s genius. For 50 and some years he has bent, coaxed, teased and persuaded words into lyric and narrative shapes that are at once extraordinary and inevitable.”
It’s safe to say the our own Ned Bitters would disagree. Back in 2008, Bitters argued that Dylan’s music, and his much-praised lyrics, are, in fact, overrated.
If you missed it then, read it now: