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Thread #142469   Message #3291277
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
16-Jan-12 - 04:20 AM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
I suppose, LH, that ever since childhood I've tended towards an anti-fashion stance, and I can't help noticing when the 'emperor is naked'. By the time that Bob Dylan impinged on my consciousness he was already a fashionable figure and that demon in my head that is repelled by fashionability rejected him. This is not some sort of boast, by the way, I'm just explaining how my brain is wired; it's possible that I missed out by rejecting Dylan out of hand (?)

On the other hand MacColl's music 'hit me like a train' at a very impressionable age. And I suppose that part of his appeal (to my personal brain wiring) was that I discovered him for myself and no-one told me that I 'ought-to-like-him-because-he-was-famous-and-fashionable'. I realise that this stance was not as entirely rational as I would perhaps like to think - but that's how it was for me.

It also has to be said, by the way, that I don't regret my enthusiasm for MacColl's music (and philosophy) for one second - because I gained so much from it.