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Thread #142469 Message #3284114
Posted By: Will Fly
03-Jan-12 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
I've never been a huge Dylan fan but, looking back over his work through the years, I would say that the voice of the young Dylan was actually quite striking - instantly recognisable - as were many of the songs. Whether you like them or not is a matter of taste. I would agree that he was an average guitar player, harmonica player and pianist.
As for cashing in on the talent of Joan Baez to further his career, the documentaries I've seen of the two of them in the early days appeared to demonstrate the opposite - that Baez clung to the rising star of Dylan at every opportunity to further her career. But, once again, that's my interpretation of the facts as I've seen them.
I can take or leave Dylan and, for different reasons, can take or leave MacColl. The programme on Radio 4 was certainly very interesting.