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Thread #84959   Message #1576726
Posted By: Peter T.
05-Oct-05 - 04:55 PM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
I think it is possible to be the voice of a generation without people knowing it at the time, or without unanimity -- Beethoven is the voice of the beginning of the 19th century, though there were certainly lots of Austro-Hungarians who would have disagreed if asked.

I don't think Dylan was the voice of his generation, because there were lots of other "voices" at the time -- the fascinating thing is that there were so many at one time.   Perhaps the Zeitgeist just was so full it burbled up in many people.

I think if there was a voice it was the Beatles. And that was partly a kind of accident of timing, everyone fixated on few TV channels, the death of Kennedy so recent, etc. -- if you were in America in February 1964, there was no doubt that the earth shook, and kept on shaking!! Dylan himself says that the Beatles changed everything. Then he turned around and did it to them -- which is schematically true, but the truth is that the Beatles were everything, and Dylan was an interesting phenomenon to 90% of those who had ever heard of him which was not a lot of people, the recent hype notwithstanding. "Like A Rolling Stone" did not change everything: "She Loves You" did.


Peter T.