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Thread #77597 Message #1388626
Posted By: Little Hawk
25-Jan-05 - 08:21 PM
Thread Name: If You Were There...The Sixties
Subject: RE: If You Were There...The Sixties
You know who Dylan learned that "stupid harmonica" from Annamill? Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, and a whole raft of great black blues musicians of the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. You know how he played it? Like a hurricane, that's how. Guthrie thought Dylan was "a real good singer" when Dylan played at his bedside on many occasions. Ramblin' Jack covered Dylan's songs, cos they were the best damn thing around then. Joan Baez did the same. She considered him to be a songwriting genius. So did just about all the top musicians in folk music at the time. Joni Mitchell has quoted Dylan as her greatest rival in the songwriting department. Judy Collins has called him a "national treasure". Maybe they knew somepn' you didn't about that gutsy little guy with the big Martin.