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More than 50 years on, folk-singer, Bob Dylan is still performing his influential poetic songs. He has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in a surprise decision that made him the only singer-songwriter to win the award.

Bob Dylan recording his first album, 'Bob Dylan', in front of a microphone with an acoustic Gibson guitar and a harmonica during a recording session November 1961, New York City.

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Bob Dylan playing his acoustic guitar in September 1961 in New York City.

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Covers of music record are displayed during the exhibition "Bob Dylan, the rock explosion" at the museum of the Cite de la Musique in Paris March 5, 2012.Charles Platiau/Reuters

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A 21-year-old Bob Dylan, about to burst onto the music scene, takes a break in New York City in 1962.John Cohen/Reuters

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Bob Dylan plays guitar May 17, 1966 in Manchester, England.Mark Makin/The Associated Press

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George Harrison, left, and Bob Dylan perform during a benefit concert (The Concert For Bangladesh) at Madison Square Garden in New York Aug. 1, 1971.The Associated Press

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Bob Dyan, left, and Canadian Gordon Lightfoot, right, at the Mariposa Folk Festival on Toronto Island. July 17, 1972.Thomas Beames

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Bob Dylan performs at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in 1974.John McNeill/The Globe and Mail

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Bob Dylan performing in Paris, July 4, 1978.Pierre Guillaud/AFP / Getty Images

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Bob Dylan performing during a concert at the Olympic stadium in Munich, southern Germany June 3, 1984.Istvan Bajzat/AFP / Getty Images

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Bob Dylan is joined by other artists during the grand finale of his concert in New Yorks Madison Square Garden in 1992.The Canadian Press

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Bob Dylan (L) sings on stage with Ronnie Wood during the Masters of Music concert in Hyde Park, staged in aid of the Prince's Trust charity, June 29, 1996.Russell Boyce/Reuters

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Bob Dylan performing at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 27, 2002.Hector Mata/AFP / Getty Images

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Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles Jan. 12, 2012. Dylan was named the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award to someone primarily seen as a musician.Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press

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