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Thread #107324   Message #2226797
Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
02-Jan-08 - 01:31 PM
Thread Name: 'A Mighty Wind' on Irish TV tonight TG4
Subject: RE: 'A Mighty Wind' on Irish TV tonight TG4
> [Dylan] got very alienated with the over-attention he was getting

Yes, I always thought so too. I didn't have a problem with the electric guitars, rock-oriented songs, etc, and always liked the majority of his stuff. It wasn't his music or how it was played; it was his attitude towards people which - even at the time - struck me as rather arrogant, and too detached from those he was supposedly singing to and about and FOR. I couldn't get the feeling that he really gave a toss about them one way or another, for all that he was the voice of an age (and he WAS). He seemed to just live inside a little bubble of himself and be content for that to be his horizons - even though the world outside was giving him a damn good living and a lot of praise.

Baez' autobiog bears this out. So does "Positively 4th Street" (the book, not the song). Looks like yet one more case of Don't confuse the artist with the man. And before I get slammed by someone telling me to just appreciate his work and what he gave us: I do appreciate it. But I think an artist has the same moral responsibility as the rest of us regarding how they treat their fellow man/woman.