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Bob Dylan Turns 80

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Posted By: OhioNick, 5/24/2021 2:24:14 PM

Today is the 80th birthday of Robert Allen Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minn., better known to the world as Bob Dylan. Few American musicians have attracted more praise or influenced more artists than Dylan. He even won a Nobel Prize in Literature for his lyrics. Dylan is loved by some and respected without affection by others, yet, for many, the sound of his voice and the words of his songs produce a reflexive revulsion. Either way, Dylan has always been more complex and interesting than the public image embraced by casual fans and bitter detractors alike. Dylan hitting “the big 8-0” is a generational milestone.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: red1066 5/24/2021 2:33:30 PM (No. 795463)
While a few of his songs weren't too bad, he didn't really sing the lyrics as much as he spoke them. That's probably because he couldn't sing.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 5/24/2021 2:46:12 PM (No. 795473)
I started rockin' ~1969. Never understood what all the fuss was over Dylan. Went to the theater to see Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid in 1973 - two girls in the audience started screaming when he appeared and spoke his line ("Alias."). Sorry - I just never understood the whole Dylan thing.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird 5/24/2021 2:50:29 PM (No. 795479)
Only 80?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 5/24/2021 3:08:56 PM (No. 795495)
It's not dark yet.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: mre 5/24/2021 3:18:51 PM (No. 795509)
At 80 years old, Bob Dylan has lived here for 1/3 of the nation's history, and he has been impacting the U.S.'s music for 60 years, i.e., 1/4 of America's lifetime. He's unparalleled. A very, very Happy Birthday to the one and only Bob Dylan!!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 5/24/2021 3:22:28 PM (No. 795517)
I saw him in concert when he started playing a Strat and was opening for Three Dog Night. He sucked on that guitar and the crowd booed him off the stage. That was the end of folk music for me.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Clinger 5/24/2021 4:17:05 PM (No. 795576)
I can most certainly understand why people don't like Dylan. And that's not from some perch of arrogance suggesting they just aren't cool enough to "get" him. I suspect some of his "popularity" came from just that, he was "in" and to dislike him meant you were on the outs. Kind of like "modern art." Personally I have always loved much of his work.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Bur Oak 5/24/2021 4:34:57 PM (No. 795594)
For a person that can't sing he made a lot of money singing.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 5/24/2021 4:35:54 PM (No. 795595)
I like a lot of his music, and many of the songs really take me back to the late 60s and the 70s.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Schnapps 5/24/2021 4:40:40 PM (No. 795604)
Bob Dylan is definitely unparalleled. He was averaging over 80 live concerts a year until the Wuhan virus shut down the venues. We plan to see him perform as soon as starts up again. Happy Birthday Bob.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hazymac 5/24/2021 4:45:46 PM (No. 795611)
God bless him. I'll always be his diehard fan.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Hazymac 5/24/2021 5:04:07 PM (No. 795625)
Here (link below: "Mississippi") Dylan is in the downward arc (many of us are in a similar arc) of his career giving it all he's got, in a great song with many great lines. (Sheryl Crowe had a hit with this song before Dylan's performance came out.) Like single malt Scotch whisky, Dylan's voice is an acquired taste. He'll never be confused with Sinatra, but bel canto singing was never the point of getting across his lyrics. Dylan always gets his message across. He always did. That's the point. He deserves his Nobel Prize for Literature more than most who have received the honor in our lifetimes. Carry on, Bob! (lyrics) (song)
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Reply 13 - Posted by: BillW. 5/24/2021 5:28:39 PM (No. 795638)
Check out Dylan's "Billy" on YouTube. Lots of takes. Happy Birthday, Bob.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: SweetPea3 5/24/2021 5:30:59 PM (No. 795639)
Maurice Chevalier was another one who made a lot of money for not being able to sing, yet was beloved. I always liked most of Dylan's stuff; Subterranean Homesick Blues being one of my alltime faves. Happy Birthday, Bob!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rather Read 5/24/2021 6:08:48 PM (No. 795662)
I love his album, John Wesley Harding. I like Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited and Nashville Skyline. His latest stuff...not so much, but there's no doubt that Dylan has had a HUGE effect on American music.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: lakerman1 5/24/2021 6:16:43 PM (No. 795668)
As Dylan would say, "smprf glig Burblem."
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Calvinesq 5/24/2021 6:20:40 PM (No. 795672)
…. like a rolling stone. (They’re old too.)
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Reply 18 - Posted by: DVC 5/24/2021 6:24:58 PM (No. 795678)
Yes, #14, SHB is a favorite of mine, too.....and Desolation Row, too.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: udanja99 5/24/2021 6:46:42 PM (No. 795695)
“Everybody must get stoned...” And look where we are now.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Connor 5/24/2021 6:57:24 PM (No. 795704)
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Hazymac 5/24/2021 7:05:44 PM (No. 795711)
After some consideration, my favorite (I'm a Vanderbilt English major and latter day Fugitive who actually writes criticism and poetry*) would be "Visions of Johanna," recorded in February 1966, *I shouldn't have said that. Maybe once, unintentionally, I wrote something hat wasn't prose. Fugettiboutit.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Stencil 5/24/2021 8:55:30 PM (No. 795794)
The man has always been a troubadour, an enigma, a will-o-the-wisp. I’ve found something worthwhile in everything he did (I can’t say the same of my work). I hold most dear two of his albums - 1970’s Self Portrait (which I believe was supposed to merely be a contract-filler) and the Basement Tapes, with The Band in upstate New York. Both barely-rehearsed, they shone a certain light on his soul that I cherish to this day. LLBD.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Geoman 5/24/2021 11:16:11 PM (No. 795883)
I first thought that on a (largely) conservative forum, that Dylan would evoke a lot of negative responses but then realized my parent's generation (Depression/WWII) is rapidly expiring and a lot of the "older" folks here came up in the late 50s and early 60s. I did think, like #3, that he had already breached 80.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 5/25/2021 12:07:40 AM (No. 795904)
I never understood the popularity of Bob Dylan. Then again, I could never understand HIM when he sings, so there it is!
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Reply 25 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 5/25/2021 1:28:30 AM (No. 795948)
To each his own. Better than Rap.The lines from Positively 4th Street seem about right. Never heard Neighborhood Bully, but I will soon. Happy Birthday Bob.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: toddh 5/25/2021 10:49:41 AM (No. 796219)
We played his stuff in a church band, with a real singer, but were still relegated to the before-sunrise service where maybe 8 people showed up ;-)
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