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Thread #160763   Message #3817169
Posted By: Jim Carroll
30-Oct-16 - 03:46 AM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Can I just explain where I am at in all this.
I have no problem with performers who don't ring my bells - the world's full of them - "à chacun son goût", as far as I'm concerned.
I don't like Dylan as a performer - I never did - so what?
As a Liverpudlian, I never rated the Beatles much - a talented but over-hyped pop-group - nothing more - a group which made me finally decide to leave home and seek fresh pastures - if you didn't like them or football, Liverpool had s.f.a. else to offer in those days (it has little to offer half a century later other than giant models of The Yellow Submarine, and airpornt named after a dead pop-star and guided tours around an old orange warehouse which became Liverpool's finest Jazz Club until it was smegged up by four musical haircuts).   
Dylan is different - it's not his singing that gets up my nose - there are plenty of indifferent singers that have made it to the top.
It's the cult status he has achieved which provoke the attitudes that have once more put in an appearance here - if you say you don' like him, people start telling you what's wrong with you.
I have my own musical tastes, MacColl being the foremost performer at the top of my particular chart.
If I behaved towards those who didn't like him, the way people who didn't like him, the way some have reacted here because I feel the way I do about Dylan, there'be be shrieks of 'Folk-Fascist' which could be heard from here to Inishmore - sometimes it's like a time-trip back to the balmy days of Groupies and Teeny-Boppers.
If people want to discuss what THEY FIND in Dylan's music - fine - we have something to work on, but please don't tell me why I DON'T like him - and don't tell my why I should.
You might start with what he has said about his own compositions - no takers so far!
The maybe we might get around to an explanation of the overblown gibberish that is 'Blowin' in the Wind'.
Jim Carroll