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Thread #142469   Message #3291144
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
15-Jan-12 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
"Pop music, whether Dylan or the Beatles is a form of musical marketing and their popularity tends to eclipse other forms of music on a mass public level. This is true with pop music in general."

I agree with that, Stringsinger. And the marketing has been very successful! The other night I switched on the TV and caught the beginning of a chat show on which a well known pop singer was a guest. She was greeted with wild adulation (the studio audience actually stood and applauded when she appeared). The thing is I can't think of a single one of her songs (although I admit, I haven't being paying much attention). This person appears to be famous for being famous. Perhaps we've strayed into some nightmarish dystopia in which this person hasn't actually ever sung a note - but really is famous for being famous (noooo!!!!)

Although I CAN remember some of Dylan's songs, I still tend to think of him as something of a slickly marketed package (uuuummm! ... that doesn't sound right - but let it pass ...). These days Dylan has, like the singer mentioned above, been elevated into the position of some sort of deity ... and I can't help thinking: "does he really deserve such an elevated status?"

On the other hand MacColl didn't (as far as I know) rely on marketing and he and Peggy S. were frequently guests in local folk clubs, as well as concert venues, and you didn't have to pay 'an-arm-and-a-leg' to hear them perform. In addition, especially if the venue was a folkclub, you could go up and have a chat (I did this on a couple of occasions and Ewan was always extremely polite and took pains to answer my questions).

He and Peggy also had amazing repertoires and I learned so much from them as well as enjoying their music very much. Whatever else Ewan was, he wasn't any sort of 'slickly marketed package'!