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Posted By: Mr Happy
27-Sep-05 - 04:27 AM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: Dylan on tube tonight and...
Echoing Flamenco Ted's observations above, I also had my gut feelings confirmed of what a scoundrel this chap is/has been.

Of course, my perceptions are coming from the British way of folk which is predominantly done for the participants' own enjoyment, whereas the American folkies seem more commercially inclined.

Nevertheless, Zimmerman's opportunism & plagiarism came across very clearly in Scorcese's documentary.

On a positive note, he did compose some brilliant songs which were original & truly his own and was also astute enough to grasp the ethos of the period in his compositions such as 'God on our side' & other anti-war 'protest' songs.

As to his adoption of the name 'Dylan' after Dylan Thomas, the welsh pronunciation is 'Dullun'.

I guess he either wasn't aware of this fact, or if he did; in probability wouldn't have felt 'Bob Dullun' had quite the same sort of ring to it!