FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Dylan made rock history when he went electric at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. This year's festival will pay tribute to the legendary moment with a secret lineup of musicians billed as "'65 Revisited." Festival producer Jay Sweet on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, calls it an "all-star lineup" of nearly a dozen contemporary artists celebrating Dylan's performance. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
Song Writer Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

US singer Bob Dylan, who became an informal historian of America’s troubles, on Thursday won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, BBC reported.

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Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941 and began his musical career in 1959, playing in coffee houses in Minnesota.

Much of his best-known work dates from the 1960s. Songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They are A-Changin'” became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements.

His move away from traditional folk songwriting, paired with a controversial decision to “go electric” proved equally influential, BBC reported.