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  • Randall Nolin wrote on December 18, 2006 report

    Kurt,
    I take offense to your comments on Bob Dylan. You say "he doesn't make bad albums, just lesser ones."
    Why is it that Billboard critics and Rolling Stone Magazine critics voted Dylan's "Modern Times" the best album of the year.
    Dylan ROCKS in concert playing keyboards now instead of guitar maybe from playing thousands of concerts the last 45 years.
    He's a pretty good singer for the songs he does. When was the last time you listened or saw Dylan in concert?

  • Gerome Harrison wrote on December 18, 2006 report

    KURT, TO GET TO THE POINT AND BE AS SUCCINCT AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT BEING VERBOSE, YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!

    BOB DYLAN CAN'T SING OR PLAY GUITAR? YOU CAN'T THINK OR ARE NEITHER QUALIFIED TO JUDGE MUSIC, YOU MORON. THE DEFINITION OF THE SINGER IS NOT MERELY THE SOUND OF THE VOICE. DYLAN'S VOICE TODAY GRANTED IS NOT PART OF THE DISCUSSION, FOR MOST OF HIS REMARKABLE CAREER, HIS VOICE AND SINGING, INCREDIBLE PHRASING IS PERFECTLY MATCHED TO ARTICULATE THE DEPTH OF MEANING AND COMPLEXITIES OF HIS UNBELIEVABLE SONGS IN EVERY STYLE HE CHOSE TO PERFORM IN AT ANY JUNCTURE IN HIS LONG CAREER AND EVEN TODAY WITH A BADLY DAMAGED VOICE HE IS STILL ABLE TO CONVEY THE EMOTION AND SENTIMENT OF HIS SONGS. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE GREATEST ARTIST OF HIS TIME AND BEYOND, WHO SINGLEHANDEDLY CHANGED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY MUSIC, AND THE WORLD, ART, CULTURE, SOCIETY, PHOLOSOPHY AND THE PROCESSES OF THOUGHT, FREEDOM, POLITICS, AND INDIVIDUALITY ITSELF. IN A COOKIE CUTTER WORLD BOB DYLAN BROKE THROUGH THE MAINSTREAM, QUESTIONED EVERYTHING, CHALLENGED EVERYTHING, AND WITH HIS UNIQUE VOICE AND MUSICIANSHIP CREATED A GENRE OF ART THAT DID NIT EXIST BEFORE HE ARRIVED, AND NOTHING HAS EVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE, DID YOU EVER THINK ABOUT THAT? HE INJECTED INTELLECT, WIT, CONSCIOUSNESS, INDIVIDUALITY, CREATIVITY INTO A CULTURE WHOSE MUSIC WAS INANE, INSIPID AND WITHOUT MEANING, AND HE CONSTANTLY CHANGED AND NEVER RESTED ON HIS LAURELS. HE IS THE TRUE ARTIST IN EVERY WAY, WITH HIS VOICE, HIS GUITAR, HIS WORDS, AND IDEAS. DO YOU KNOW WHO THE BEATLES ARE YOU STUPID FUCK? DO YOU KNOW WHO WAS THEIR GREATEST INFLUENCE? BOB DYLAN THAT'S WHO. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS? HOW DO PEOPLE LIKE YOU WH O KNOW NOTHING GET TO CRITICIZE MUSIC AND ART? HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED AN INSTRUMENT? EVER WRITTEN A SONG?

    HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE SAYING, " NO ONE SINGS DYLAN LIKE DYLAN"? PROBABLY NOT, BECAUSE YOU JUST DON'T GET IT. YOU PROBABLY THINK BRITTANY SPEARS IS A GREAT ARTIST AND SINGER.

    GO BACK AND LISTEN TO EVERY DYLAN ALBUM, THE GUITAR PICKING ON DON'T THINK TWICE, ALL THE INCARNATIONS, THE WAY THE MELODIES AND WORDS FIT TOGETHER, THE IMAGERY, RICH LANGUAGE, WHO HAS A BETTER VERSION OF LIKE A ROLLING STONE THAN DYLAN, HIS VOICE IS PERFECT HIS GUIOTAR IS PERFECT.

    THAT IS WHAT GENIUS IS, YOU NEED TO STUDY MORE, READ MORE, LEARN MORE, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED OBVIOUSLY. YOU ARE AN IDIOT, PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

  • Larry Koats wrote on December 19, 2006 report

    Kurt,

    Like the others I take issue with your ("that'll show 'em I can take a critical stance") sentence to the effect that Dylan doesn't make bad albums, just lesser ones. Not that he doesn't make lesser albums, just that his lesser albums surpass work that routinely gets craven ass sucking accolades from people who don't have the talent or imagination to crawl out from his vast shadows over the American cultural landscape.

    Ezra Pound enjoined poets to make it new and starting in 65 Bob made it so new that people were stunned for a couple of years and pop music has never recovered or shaken off his all permeating influence.

    The problem is that with you being born in '66, most of Bob's greatest work had alreay appeared and by the time you could go potty or put a record on by yourself the recording industry was awash in waves of his imitators. You can't wholly credit Bob because you don't have the context or generosity; you weren't around for the thin mercury sound recordsthat changed the American landscape. Do you know from whence your Jewels and Binoculars group got their name? From the masterful 1966 song called "Visions of Johanna" ("Blonde on Blonde")

    You could say that Caruso's the better singer (Did you ever see "Don't Look Back?" where Bob archly defends his own talent?

    You could say that Clapton's a better guitarist -- okay -- but Clapton didn't write "Blowin in the Wind," say or "Tamborine Man," or a hundred other sensibility changing songs. In the end Clapton is a virtuosic diddler; I read your list of who you're listening to, struck me as tres cutting edge stuff. Hardly a one didn't have a big impact on Bob and everybody fifty and under has had to pitch a tent beside Bob's mansion.

    I have a friend your age, a musician, relatively successful in playing out, has released a few cds, enjoys a following of sorts. He used to delight in trashing Dylan around me; then he got a much younger girlfriend who was bonkers over Joni Mitchell. She wanted to see the new version of "The Last Waltz" and proposed a double date. He came out of that movie, unable to speak for about half an hour, then asked me to list Bob's five greatest albums. Before I would I pressed him to admit that he and his whole generation of musicians felt trapped in Bob's shadow. He did admit to this and he got my list. Now he owns all the studio albums and many concerts.

    About fifteen years ago I discovered the greatness of Louis Armstrong. One day I believe many informed people will believe Satch and Bob are the two greatest and most influential American musicians of the twentieth century.If you don't get over your Bobitis you'll maim yourself as a critic.

    Gramps

  • Kurt Gottschalk wrote on February 13, 2007 report

    Hi - I just discovered these comments. Always nice to know people are reading.

    The paragraph everyone is objecting to is this:

    "Its a story almost as old as rock itself: Bob Dylan, the pop poet laureate, cant sing or play guitar, but he sure can write lyrics. Never mind that he was one of the most evocative vocalists of the 60s, who could turn a phrase as brilliantly well with his mouth as he could his pen. History shows otherwiseit takes Joan Baez or the Byrds to make his songs into something, popular wisdom holds, and his talent lies off-mic."

    The point I was trying to make was about his reputation. In the next sentence, I say that he was "one of the most evocative vocalists of the '60s." I'm sorry if the point wasn't made.

    I have many (not all) of his records, I have seen and own "Don't Look Back." I've been a Dylan fan for 20 years and have enjoyed hearing new takes on his music by Jamie Saft and Jewels and Binoculars. And yeah, I know where the band got their name.

    Thanks for reading!

    Kurt

  • Audra wrote on February 13, 2007 report

    Bob Dylan sold his soul to the Victoria's Secret pantychrist a while ago, pallies. Don't shoot the messenger if his albums are, indeed, "lesser." His mind is on other pursuits.

    check it out here:

    http://www2.victoriassecret.com/html/popup/dylan/videoHigh.html

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