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Thread #75651   Message #1331280
Posted By: PoppaGator
18-Nov-04 - 01:42 PM
Thread Name: Dylan: Rock Legend, Maybe Folk Legend?
Subject: RE: Dylan: Rock Legend, Maybe Folk Legend?
I, for one, pretty much agree with RS -- certainly in regard to the top 20 listed above. I'm part of that same dreaded dinosaur demographic, first wave of the postwar baby boom. Of course, I haven't read the magazine in years -- they seem to be trying to leave old farts like me behind, but this list seems to indicate they've reverted to their roots after all.

"Like A Rolling Stone" not only *is* a great song, it *was* an even greater event. If you weren't "there" (i.e., if you weren't alive at the time), you probably can't imagine its impact.

I will agree that "What's Going On" and "Imagine" are probably more timeless and in that sense perhaps objectively "greater." But I know and love almost everything on the list -- 18 out of 20, anyway. (I know but *don't* love the Nirvana number, and I don't know one Clash song from another, although I'm sure I'd enjoy the one they chose.)

If it's OK to be attached to 18th/19th century sea shanties, or to 1920s/30s Delta blues, it must certainly be OK to love the "tradition" of 1960s/70s folk-rock/psychedelia -- no?

My only quibbles -- where's the Memphis soul (Stax/Volt) and the Grateful Dead?