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The answer to whether Bob Dylan will accept his Nobel Prize for Literature is no longer blowin' on the wind. A message posted on the Nobel Foundation's official website reports that Dylan called the Swedish Academy, which presents the Nobel Prizes, this week and told them "of course" he accepts the award.
"The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless," Dylan told Sara Danius, the Swedish Academy's permanent secretary. "I appreciate the honor so much."
The Nobel Foundation also reports that it hasn't been decided yet if the folk-rock great will attend the presentation ceremony or other related events scheduled for early December in Stockholm.
Nobel officials announced on October 13 that Dylan had been chosen to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He becomes the first musician ever to be acknowledged with the honor.
The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 are in, and the list includes Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Journey, the Cars, the Zombies and Yes. The rest of this year's hopefuls are Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Kraftwerk, MC5 and Steppenwolf. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted next April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.
After teasing the project for several days, the Rolling Stones have finally spilled all the details on their new album. It's called Blue & Lonesome, and its due December 2, but you can pre-order it today via RollingStones.com.
As expected, the disc features blues cover songs by the likes of Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin Wolf. The Stones regularly performed songs by these artists when they were a young blues band playing around London.
The band knocked the project out in just three days, playing live in the studio with no overdubs. In addition to the core group of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, the album also features the Stones' longtime sidemen, bass player Darryl Jones and keyboard players Chuck Leavell and Matt Clifford.
The band's old buddy Eric Clapton plays on two of the twelve tracks: "I Can't Quit You Baby" and "Everybody Knows About My Good Thing." He just happened to be recording his own album across the hallway in the same studio.
Producer Don Was says in a statement, "This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do."
Here's the track listing for Blue & Lonesome:
"Just Your Fool"
"Commit a Crime"
"Blue and Lonesome"
"All of Your Love"
"I Gotta Go"
"Everybody Knows About My Good Thing"
"Ride Em On Down"
"Hate to See You Go"
"Hoo Doo Blues"
"Just Like I Treat You"
"I Cant Quit You Baby"