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GUEST,Sidewinder. 'Like a Rolling Stone' Changed the World (81* d) RE: 'Like a Rolling Stone' Changed the World 15 Aug 05

To be honest I think some of you folks could find a valid argument for "Puff The Magic Dragon" to be seen as the greatest and most influential song.Me,Myself, and I believe; youth culture started in the mid 1950s and was spearheaded by Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry,Gene Vincent, James Dean, Marlon Brando, et al and young Mr Zimmerman lapped it all up (in his Minneapolis privileged, well educated, way) and realised he wasn't musically or visually up to the standard of Elvis and Co. and settled on Woody Guthrie (in the same way that Donovan did with him some years later).As for "Rolling Stone"; it is a one dimensional travelogue of lachrymose poetic symbolism that motors along with the same adroit sentimentality of anything produced by the Tin Pan Alley hacks of the day.It was aimed at the charts just like any Motown single and the chorus probably came from a Blues song (as with The Stones' "The Last Time").Having said all of this; I do consider Mr Z to be one of the finest songwriters of all time and own a majority of his output on Vinyl and CD and have been impressed consistently with his single minded approach to what he does. I think on this issue he would agree with me, myself, and I."Be My Baby" by The Ronettes still gets my vote or even "Summertime Blues" or what about "I Fought The Law" or "Rock Around The Clock"?



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