Showbiz Sandbox 340: Bob Dylan Is A Poet and We Didn’t Know It

October 18, 2016

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When Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature last week there were cries of joy and jeers of contempt over the decision. Music Journalist Sal Nunziato joins us to ponder whether Dylan’s work is in fact literature. He explains why, out of all the musicians that could have received such an award, it had to be Dylan.

Nunziato explains who out of this year’s 19 nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should actually get in. Will Kraftwerk finally make the cut? Joan Baez seems like a no-brainer and nobody would be shocked if Pearl Jam makes it through on their first attempt, but what about bands like Depeche Mode and hip-hop stars such as Tupac Shakur?

Meanwhile, there’s never been more ways to listen to music thanks to streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. Now Amazon has entered the world of music streaming and hopes that soon every song request begins with the word “Alexa.”

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including an expansion of the latest Harry Potter franchise, Billy Bush reaches a settlement to depart “Today” and Netflix gives comedian Chris Rock a huge payday.

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Burnwood Tonight
https://burnwoodtonite.blogspot.com/

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NYFF Review: “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” Unreal Hyper-Reality At 120 Frames Per Second
http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/10/17/nyff-review-billy-lynns-long-halftime-walk-unreal-hyper-reality-at-120-fram

Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Only Two U.S. Theaters Will Be Equipped to Show “the Whole Shebang”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/billy-lynns-long-halftime-walks-938552

China Box Office: ‘Operation Mekong’ Stays Ahead of ‘The BFG’
http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/china-box-office-operation-mekong-1201890617/

Korea Box Office: ‘Luck-Key’ Dominates Quiet Weekend
http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/korea-box-office-luck-key-dominates-1201890694/

Japan Box Office: ‘Your Name’ Poised to Be Fifth Biggest Japanese Movie
http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/japan-box-office-your-name-to-be-fifth-biggest-japanese-movie-1201890810/

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize, Redefining Boundaries of Literature
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/arts/music/bob-dylan-nobel-prize-literature.html

Why Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Is The Test Thing that Can Happen to the Book World
http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-bookless-nobel-20161014-snap-story.html

2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees List Includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Depeche Mode & More
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7548898/2017-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-nominees-list-pearl-jam-janes-addiction-tupac-shakur-more

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017 Fan Vote
https://www.rockhall.com/vote

BookFilter – IQ by Joe Ide
http://bookfilter.com/2016/02/09/iq/

Disney Chief Bob Iger Sets Book Deal With Random House
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Elton John Writing Memoir on His ‘Crazy Life’
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/13/arts/music/elton-john-autobiography.html

Harry Shearer Files $125 Million ‘Spinal Tap’ Fraud Suit, Copyright Termination
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/harry-shearer-files-125-million-939205

Chris Rock Sets Comedian Record With $40M for Two Netflix Specials
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/chris-rock-sets-netflix-stand-938106

Netflix Beats Q3 Earnings Forecast, Shares Soar on International Sub Growth
https://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-q3-2016-earnings-1201891165/

IMAX to Open First European Virtual-Reality Center in Manchester, England
https://variety.com/2016/biz/global/imax-europe-first-virtual-reality-experience-center-manchester-england-1201884605/

Billy Bush’s Departure From ‘Today’ Is Now Official
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/billy-bush-nbc-today-donald-trump-1201891558/

Shepard Smith Comes Out As Gay, Talks About the Future of Fox News
https://www.salon.com/2016/10/17/shepard-smith-comes-out-as-gay-says-roger-ailes-was-like-a-father-talks-about-the-future-of-fox-news/

Comcast Fined $2.3 Million by FCC For Billing Practices
http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/10/fcc-comcast-charged-customers-for-things-they-never-ordered-must-pay-fine/

Michael Moore Reveals Surprise Donald Trump Film
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/michael-moore-reveals-surprise-donald-939227

J.K. Rowling Confirms There Will Be Five Fotal ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Movies
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-fantastic-beasts-five-movies-20161013-snap-story.html

Broadway World Grosses
http://www.broadwayworld.com/grosses.cfm?sortby=gross&orderby=desc

‘Sesame Street’ Will Revive ‘Elmo’s World’
http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/elmo-world-sesame-street-hbo-pbs-1201890672/

Amazon’s Music-Streaming Service Competes on Price and Robotic Assistance
http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-amazon-music-streaming-service-costs-echo-speaker-owners-4-a-month-1476255600

Spotify Has Already Paid the Music Business Over $1.2 Billion This Year
http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/spotify-has-already-paid-the-music-business-1-2bn-this-year/

Comments

  • mgiltz

    Lots of music this week! If you’re puzzled by Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and wonder what’s next: three stars from the Michelin Restaurant Guide, well this is the episode for you! We explain how Dylan fits in neatly alongside previous winners of the Prize and then our guest Sal Nunziato of Burnwood Tnite and myself go head to head on the new batch of nominees for the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame. Spoiler alert: we butt heads on Pearl Jam and ELO but both agree Kraftwerk absolutely should make it in pronto!