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Posted By: alanabit
19-Nov-04 - 03:32 PM
Thread Name: Dylan: Rock Legend, Maybe Folk Legend?
Subject: RE: Dylan: Rock Legend, Maybe Folk Legend?
I have to wade in here and say that Dylan was a revolutionary songwriter. He didn't have the melodic subtlety of Lennon and McCartney - let alone Richard Rogers or Irving Berlin et al. His early political songs were not his strongest claim to originality either (in my 'umble opinion). You are right to say that had been done before.
What really marked out his path to greatness was his mastery of the complex, psychologial profile and the stream of consciousness in song. He was the first to do that on such an ambitious scale. I just can not think of any song similar in ambition to "It's Alright Ma I'm Only Bleeding" or "Ballad of a Thin Man" before Dylan came along. Only Bob Dylan could have been the first to make such songs sound credible. I can't think of anyone else offhand who can pull it off quite so well.