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Someone finally gets Bob Dylan right!

Posted on 2008.06.30 at 19:12
Current Music: Cab Calloway & His Orchestra - I Don't Want To Love You
I admit that my intent is to stir the pot a bit, but I agree on the whole with this guy's take on him.


candent at 2008-06-30 23:53 (UTC) (Link)
That whole article comes down to this: Oh no, my precious art-form has evolved beyond the structure of the 16th - 19th century, therefore whoever takes part in modern/post-modern art-forms is untalented.
theservant at 2008-06-30 23:58 (UTC) (Link)
Since I generally deal with literary forms that were like that by 1400, I have no problem with that.
metalclarinet at 2008-07-01 01:51 (UTC) (Link)
Bob Dylan's singing is like a cat playing a theremin.

Generally I like the tunes, although usually more when someone else does them. I don't have much opinion on the words -- I generally don't hear words in music. I'm crazy about the Doors, but if I want to learn the words to a tune -- like Soul Kitchen, I have to listen 20 times to hear them.

I read a Dylan interview where he said that a lot of his word choice was driven by how how the music would sound, not what it would mean.
theservant at 2008-07-02 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
I kinda like the cat.
(Anonymous) at 2008-07-02 18:05 (UTC) (Link)
"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that." — Steve Earle
"I've met Bob Dylan and his bodyguards, and I don't think Steve [Earle] could get anywhere near his coffee table." — Townes Van Zandt.

theservant at 2008-07-02 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
"Gonna write me a song
'bout what's right and what's wrong
about God and my girl and all that
'Cause my gut and my wallet are fat

'Cause I'm a poet
don't you know it
and the wind, you can blow it
For I'm Mr. Dylan the King..."
from 'Bob Dylan Blues' by Syd Barrett
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