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Thread #142469 Message #3850802
Posted By: Jim Carroll
17-Apr-17 - 07:12 AM
Thread Name: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
Subject: RE: Why didn't MacColl like Dylan?
"anyone who thinks Dylan had no feeling for traditional song - either knows absolutely fuck all about traditional song,"
If he did Al, it didn't appear in his own songs or his interpretation of traditional ones.
Dylan's nod to the tradition was a relatively brief one - his history is mainly as a pop singer - he followed his career - when folk took a dive in the charts, he went elsewhere, nowt wrong with that
MacColl regarded Dylan as a threat to what his generation of folk singers had worked for - the opening up and dissemination of what they regarded as 'the songs of the people', particularly in respect to the national and regional repertoires
When Lomax came to Britain in the fifties, everybody was trying to sound like Woodie Guthrie, including Ewan and Bert Lloyd
Lomax argued that the native repertoire was dying because it was being ignored - MacColl and Lloyd listened and devoted their lives to our native traditions..... then along came Bobby
"The word 'tradition' comes from the Latin 'tradition' - I hand on..."
Wherever the word originated, when it is applied to song or music, it is fairly specific - I might hand on my old socks to a younger brother, but it doesn't make them traditional socks.
Don't know about you, but Bozo's predictably hysterical outburst convinces me I've chosen the right side
Hope his Vietnamese lady has been immunised against rabies!