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In pictures: Nobel laureate Bob Dylan through the years

Bob Dylan, the 75-year-old folk and rock legend received the Nobel prize in Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Dylan, whose original name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, has recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics like the social condition of man, religion and love.

His songs include the unforgettable \'Blowin\' In The Wind\' and \'The Times They Are A-Changin\'.

His body of work, which the Swedish Academy described as "having a tremendous impact on popular music", include Bringing It All back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Oh Mercy, time Out of Mind, Love and Theft and Modern Times.

He is the first American to win the prize since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993.

The Nobel comes with a prize of 8 million Swedish kronor, or just over $900,000. It is given for a lifetime writing rather than for a single work.

(Photos curated by Priyata Brajabasi. Text by Sehar Qazi)