Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The prolific musician is the first Nobel winner to have forged a career primarily as a singer-songwriter. What's more, he's also the first American to have won the prize in more than two decades. Not since novelist Toni Morrison won in 1993 has an American claimed the prize.

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“When you’ve got nothin’, you’ve got nothin’ to lose.”
“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

His words and music are said to have changed American culture and he’s been described as the spokesman for a generation. And now, Bob Dylan’s collection of words, music and artistry is being permanently gathered and assembled in Tulsa – for the benefit of researchers and fans alike.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt plays the new restrained sounds from Bob Dylan, a new cassette release from Norman band Plain Speak, and the uneasy art rock of Braids.

Headlines for Thursday, March 3, 2016:

  • Oklahoma is mourning the loss of an energy giant this morning. (KOSU)

  • Oklahoma’s Regents for Higher Education are acting on cuts to the current budget later today. (NewsOK)

  • State House Republicans pass a bill to remove 110,000 people from Medicaid. (NewsOK)

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The Bob Dylan Archive has been acquired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) and The University of Tulsa (TU) and will be permanently housed in Tulsa. The archive will be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions in the near future, under the stewardship of TU’s Helmerich Center for American Research.

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This past Friday, Aug. 14, the record producer Bob Johnston died in hospice care near his home in Nashville, Tenn. He was 83 years old.

In the early 1960s, burgeoning folk music scenes were burbling up all over the country, and the Newport Folk Festival was their confluence.

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