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Thread #142469 Message #3288315
Posted By: Stringsinger
10-Jan-12 - 05:20 PM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
L.H. I have learned to mistrust biographies over the years, having lived through the times and met some of the biographees personally.
The angry making thing which really in life is trivial is that Bob Dylan became associated as a representative of folk music, not that he wasn't an important pop star.
McColl was not a pop star and loved traditional music, working to encourage the collection and interest of it in Britain.
Another dubious point is that Dylan purported to write "protest" music without protesting against anything himself. He kept himself aloof.
I am not castigating Dylan for his success, he obviously has earned it, but don't like
the false representation he conveys. He is not Woody despite the early image that he lifted from Woody.
I don't really care what music Dylan wants to or doesn't want to play.
He is another media personality like Elvis, (who I have grown to like), or any other
pop star in the music biz firmament. There is nothing wrong with being a pop star as
long as you don't pass him/her off as a traditional folk singer or even "protest" singer.
There is so much BS in the music business. 75% of it is about the image conveyed.