The stories all make sense; but there are 2 question I keep wondering about:
-- If you hear Bob's early hits for the 1st time 30 years after they first came out, do they sound out of date musically? Or do they still sound fresh and innovative?
-- Also, can you explain the dislike for "Rainy Day Women?" It was one of Bob's biggest hits in the 60s, but people who hear it for the first time 30 years later seem to dislike it. What is it that grates on the nerves?
If there is still any doubt of Dylan's timelessness, let my take a katana to it here and now:
Many of you recall discovering Dylan at 14, 15, 16, 17... Teenage years. Musically, these years are the most formative for the conscious mind, and the music you listen to then will define what you have a taste for. 4-6 are the most subconsciously formative, and the music you listen to then will define what your basic idea of what music is. Thankfully, my parents played me Sargeant Pepper's and lulled me to sleep every night by playing the full length of Tommy for me... [My middle name is Townsend... I can recite--and to some extent play--the entire opera perrty much by heart. I'll give you one guess for my favorite band.]
Now, see how this grabs you:
I'm 16 now
And Bob Dylan still rocks.
"Out-of-date" is an odd term for music, since I liken it to wine...
I can't think of a reason Bob Dylan isn't worshipped by more of my generation as much as Hendrix, Marley, Lennon, the Ramones, The Doors... Oh wait... That
Trust me, Bob Dylan sounds better to me than any of the new stuff out. My popular music is just that; Music tailored and kicked in the gut and forced into gilded giddy forms by a panel of experts who know what sells, know who buys it, and are very, very ,very
scared of taking risks. The same things have been used and subliminally controlled so permeantly that they have lost meaning. I cringe when I hear the words "love", "Wonderful", "Most", "Forever", "True" and "Never". Why? Because they've been sold to me so hard they've lost all meaning.
Dylan isn't the voice of a generation.
He is the voice of a species.