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MissouriMud 'Like a Rolling Stone' Changed the World (81* d) RE: 'Like a Rolling Stone' Changed the World 08 Aug 05


Like a Rolling Stone certainly had a significant musical influence on me in several respects - it seemed to symbolize the move of "folk music" into "pop music" - up to then even with the Byrds doing Mr Tambourine Man - my folky group of friends had considerd Dylan a folk singer, but after that we werent sure what his music was   - it was cool but it wasnt stuff we could replicate on our accoustic 6 strings any more.   It really emphasized the progression in popular music away from traditional folk tunes presented in realtively simple formats (Kingston Trio, Brothers Four, early Joan Baez etc) to a much greater almost exclusive dominance of singer songwriter material and more complex modern productions.   This had started earlier, including, Dylan's first album, but the electrification just acellerated it. The Animlals electrified House of the Rising Sun earlier I think but we never considered them a folk act - but the combination of the Dylans electrification, the singer songwriting aspect and the very untraditional tune and lyrics and the fact that it was Dylan, who was really a folk god at that time - just came together to affect my view of music. Basically for my purposes around 1965 traditional folk music was dead (in my mind) and it took me about 35 years to get back to it. I was aware of people like Doc Watson (I did see him in 1967) and John Hartford, but Dylan really moved me - and I think many of my contemporaries- away from that type of music for a long time.   I cant say the content of the song really did much for me but stylistically it was very significant.


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