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Thread #37643   Message #525799
Posted By: CRANKY YANKEE
11-Aug-01 - 04:51 PM
Thread Name: Dylan overrated?You've got to be kidding
Subject: Dylan overrated? You're kidding
More so than any artist in the history of the world,Bob Dylan changed the course of history.

Maybe you weren't around then, I was, and I rememer it vividly

His songs were a rallying point for the youngsters who opposed the Vietnam War. Because of his music, the movement became stronger and stronger until our Government was forced to listen to this dissent and to act upon it. That Lying SOB Lyndon Johnson, (for whom I worked like hell to get re=elected) got us into a war that we had no business being in, and the truths that Bob Dylan put into his poetry (songs) were a large factor in our getting out of it. For instance, Blowing in the Wind, Masters of War, Hard Rain's Gonna Fall and The Times They are a-Changin'.

Let me tell you, his songs and my Children COMPLETELY CHANGED MY VIEWPOINT. I'd just spent the major portion of my adult life in the US Air Force when Dylan came upon the scene. I was still in the USAF when I first heard "Blowing in the Wind" by Peter Paul and Mary on my AM car radio in 1963. I'd been fighting the "equality" fight ever since I was old enough to think for myself. I was so overcome by emotion and the feeling of "Thank God, I'm not alone anymore, that I had to pull over to the side of the road to compose myself and wipe the tears from my eyes so I could see.