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Bookstores, music stores set up Bob Dylan sections

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Book shops and music stores in Japan on Friday set up special sections devoted to renowned singer-songwriter Bob Dylan after he was awarded the Nobel prize in literature for 2016 on Thursday.

A spokesman for HMV&Books Tokyo said he wants this to be an opportunity for young people to know about the legendary musician, Fuji TV reported.

As in previous years, acclaimed Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami had been anticipated to win the award, and fans were met with a mix of confusion and surprise as it was given to Dylan, media reported.

Meanwhile, Sony Music Labels Inc said Friday it would increase production of Bob Dylan's compact disc albums after receiving over 10,000 orders following the Nobel prize announcement. Sony said "Dylan The Best," released in 2007, was among the most ordered.

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Bookstores and music stores are business that need to sell products to stay in business and provide a livlihood for their employees and of course they'll put out such displays. Never understood the need of people who most likely are also doing something to earn money to support themselves/family to be snarky about shops doing such timely promotions. And if the shops didn't, we'd most likely get a bunch of comments about how the inept shops here can't even get up a display of things people want when they want them.

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Never quite understood the appeal of Bob's voice or style. The only song of his I liked was Ministry's cover of Lay Lady Lay.

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His lyrics are as good as poems

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Twenty years of schoolin' and they put you on the day shift...

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A spokesman for HMV&Books Tokyo said he wants this to be an opportunity for young people to know about the legendary musician, Fuji TV reported.

Haha NO you don't! You want to make some $$. At least be honest :)

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I would think that there might be some problems in translation.

He deserves the prize though!

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Deserves the Nobel Prize for literature? Don't know about that, but at least he actually DID something along the right lines. I was thinking of taking up music and song writing, too. Just thinking about it, mind you. Do you think I could win a Nobel Prize for Literature on that basis? Say, didn't some other fella win a Nobel for something he actually DIDN'T do. Now what was his name???

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I don't get it either, although Mountain, Hendrix, and Nazareth did some decent remakes of his darker tunes.

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Seriously. No time like the present to cash in on his legacy. Ring them registers...

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