Bob Dylan's acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize last year is now a book -- albeit a limited edition one.
Only 100 copies, signed and numbered, of the 32-page book have been published by Simon & Schuster, with a price of $2,500 each. Accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature -- the first musician ever to receive the award -- Dylan spoke about both musical and literary inspirations, citing Buddy Holly and Leadbelly as well as novels such as Moby Dick, The Odyssey and All Quiet On The Western Front.
You'll recall that Dylan skipped the formal Nobel Prize ceremony last December due to "previous commitments," with Patti Smith performing "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" in his stead. Dylan formally accepted the prize during a private April ceremony in Stockholm while he was there on tour, and he released the contents of the speech.
Dylan is currently touring North America and on Friday (November 3) releases a new box set, Trouble No More -- The Bootleg Series Vol. 12/1979-1981, focusing on his three "born again" albums and the tours supporting them.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.