Bob Dylan has been a major figure in popular music for five decades as a singer-songwriter, musician, painter, and poet. His work has amplified and personalized various musical genres – from folk, blues, and country to gospel and rock and roll. His songs have inspired movements and pushed musical boundaries. Dylan has received numerous awards over the years, including Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards, and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, "marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."
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Sean Wilentz discusses his biography of 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan in America. [28:33]
Here's part 2 of our conversation with Sean Wilentz, author of Bob Dylan in America. [28:26]