Bob Dylan and his work are certainly beyond run-of-the-mill songs or novels. When President Barack Obama gave Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize for Literature, many fans started to question, what is literature? Did he deserve this type of award?
So, as Bob Dylan sang about the Tambourine Man, with a guitar around his shoulder and harmonica between his words and the microphone, was he singing more than mere music? Were his words literary? And if so, how does it hold up and relate to the classics we associate with the word, “literature?”
PBS Idea Channel wanted to explore these questions and more.