Dylan just beats deadline for $1.8 million Nobel prize
BOB Dylan has broken his long silence to deliver an "extraordinary, eloquent" lecture just in time to collect his $8 million Swedish krona ($1.2 million) prize for winning last year's Nobel prize for literature.
The rock and roll poet claimed the award last October but remained tight-lipped after it was announced - even refusing to attend the ceremony and banquet.
But just days before the June 10 deadline, the 76-year-old finally released the necessary lecture to collect the prizemoney.
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In the lecture, which was recorded in Los Angeles, the 'Like a Rolling Stone' hit-maker said his award, which courted backlash from some mainstream writers, broke the mould for the category.
"Our songs are alive in the land of the living," Dylan said.
"But songs are unlike literature. They're meant to be sung, not read."
Dylan went on to nominate Buddy Holly and Huddie William Ledbetter, commonly known as Leadbelly, as early musical influences and Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey as some of his favourite literature.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel prizes, said with the delivery of the lecture, "the Dylan adventure is coming to a close".
"The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent," Swedish Academy secretary Sara Danius said in a statement.