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Thread #160763   Message #3816767
Posted By: Steve Shaw
27-Oct-16 - 05:35 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
We are not detractors. We are sceptical critics. Dick is throwing out example after example of his awfulness - not difficult - but not saying that all his work is worthless. So far, Bob's fans have responded by telling us that we don't get it and that his music "evokes feelings," etc., or by simply getting all shirty and defensive. Dick talks about consistency. It's a good bet that most great artists have delivered themselves of plenty of turkeys, but the difference is that they tend to suppress them, throwing on the fire manuscripts or canvases they've spent months agonising over or making painstaking revisions. It seems that Dylan doesn't really care about the quality or consistency of his output in that way (by their fruits...). It's all out here, the good, the bad and the ugly. It's for us to pick over it while he's off elsewhere. No artistic reaching out. What it has all consistently done is make him quite well off. No difference in aspiration there from other artists, of course, but most are far more solicitous as to their reputation and legacy and are far less offhand about their output (he's actually rubbished his!) - and far more responsive to its recipients.