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GUEST,Okiemockbird Dylan's use of Trad music? (101* d) RE: Dylan's use of Trad music? 12 May 00

Barbara, did it trouble you that Dylan re-wrote traditional words at all ? Or that he didn't acknowledge his sources ?

For myself, I think Dylan is to be commended for building on the tradition (even if I don't always like the results), whether it was traditional words, music, or both that he used. But like others in this thread, I have mixed feelings about artists' stealth-development of the tradition. If I build on traditional words and tunes and my music is confined to a small circle where everyone recognizes my borrowings without being told, then citing my sources may not be necessary. But it's hard to keep music "confined". So in cases where I knowingly use old stuff I try to be clear about it. At least, I think I try to.


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