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

October 18, 2016


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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  • 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!