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Thread #17515 Message #170033
Posted By: JedMarum
28-Jan-00 - 10:04 PM
Thread Name: Greatest protest singer of the sixties
Subject: RE: Greatest protest singer of the sixties
can't leave this one alone; I hope the tin bit of thread creep is indulged.
I'm not a Phil Ochs fan. I know he was/is clever and found some timely topics, maybe drew attention to some issues - but neither his music nor his 'wisdom' ever struck a chord in me.
Dylan captured the interest and the hearts of a generation - for a large portion of the world. He made quality contributions to the music, poetry and politics of the day.
Paxton gave the world some jewells that will pass into generations. He may not have captured Dylan's marketshare, but Tom's best will ripple on generations beyond. His protest songs are clever and I appreciate their messages, but he has captured real beauty, love, joy and pain in several of his songs - and these gifts shine on beyond the protest.