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Posted By: Vic Smith
03-Nov-16 - 12:46 PM
Thread Name: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
Subject: RE: Bob Dylan: Nobel laureate
With all this concentration on the pros and cons of Dylan's lyrics, it is easy to forget the incredible poetic strength of his early rival, Donovan. They even wore the same caps which clearly emphasised their stylistic similarity. However, whilst Dylan's lyrics did scale some climb some mountains, they never reached the Mount Everest heights of Donovan's.
Those of us who were around at the time will remember that huge cultural impact when Mellow Yellow was released as a single and that literary critics were blown away when they had to consider the implications of lyrics like:-
Electrical banana
Is gonna be a sudden craze
Electrical banana
Is bound to be the very next phase.....