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Thread #84959   Message #1571558
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
27-Sep-05 - 12:20 PM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorceseDocumentary
The biggest impression made on me by the old footage was the Dylan performing style, which was a unique mix of choir-boy innocence and a barely suppressed urge to grin as he laid out his brilliant lines for the audience or camera. I have always liked singer-songwriters who wear their hearts on their sleeves, like Springsteen, Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Gram Parsons, etc. Dylan is the apotheosis of this, a performer with a calculated agenda who clearly loved the adulation while disdaining it. I wouldn't want to have a beer with Bobby, and if we did, I'll bet I'd be buying.
He was brilliant, no argument. It was interesting to hear him explain his prolific songwriting in the early years as a fascination with the process. It was certainly much more than that, or he would be writing at the same level today. I think he was busy with his masterwork...creating Bob Dylan. Now that he's comfortable in that guise, he's not nearly as interesting.
I'll be watching tonight as smashes the folk icons.