What exactly did he do but write a couple of sing-songy stoner nursery rhymes and sing them in a voice that sounds like a dying frog and get painted as the voice of a generation when he felt embarrassed by that title and didn't want to be associated with it?
I would agree he's kinda overrated as a singer songwriter.
Ask any songwriter who their influences are, I guarantee they'll drop Dylan's name.
That being said, he's goddamn good at it.
Besides songs in the public domain, and old traditional standards, his song's are probably the most covered by popular artists.
How many people have done a cover of Knockin on Heaven's Door?
That's right all of them.
>I would agree he's kinda overrated as a singer songwriter.
>Ask any songwriter who their influences are, I guarantee they'll drop Dylan's name.
What kind of logic is this? How can he be overrated as a singer-songwriter if so many people claim him as an influence? If anything that's a testament to his impact on music.
That's the difference between a guy who's music is cerebral and a guy like Iggy Pop who's music is visceral. The latter can't sustain you over the age of 50. Since rock is inherently based in the visceral, you can't really make a good rock song when you're old.
i dunno about other peoples reasons for liking him but for me Blonde on Blonde is just a really enjoyable record to listen to. i feel like its just the most pleasant mix of folk and rock and roll that has ever been achieved
I thought that's what overrated meant...
Everybody praises him for his songwriting.
Maybe I'm just retarded and phrased my post wrong.
He's amazing, but, some of his songs like Wiggle Wiggle and Under The Red Sky are just plain dumb, imo.
Wiggle Wiggle, yeah. Under the Red Sky is actually one of those types of songs that if you look into all the little nuggets that put it together is quite interesting.
No one really praises Dylan for that stuff anyway, it's all his 60s-75 and late career stuff. Mississippi is a phenomenal song for someone over the age of 50 to write imo. It's of Blonde on Blonde quality.
Haven't heard a lot of his newer stuff besides Modern Times. Which I think is amazing. Despite all the songs being somewhat lengthy.
Blonde on Blonde is a masterpiece. So I'll defiantly have to look up that song on YouTube.
Well, I think in Dylan's case he's always played music for himself instead of an audience so he has never written songs based on fan expectation or what he thinks people want to hear.
If you take a band like Motley Crue, even if Nikki Sixx wanted to write introverted acoustic fedora songs, their fans would be like wtf because they expect a MC song to be about macho posturing and hot girls.
Will Dylans death be bigger than Bowies?
It will for me atleast.
he was extremely influential. just to give you an idea
>bob dylan meets the beatles and gives them pot for the first time
>the beatles get into it and make rubber soul
>brian wilson listens to rubber soul and makes pet sounds
>the beatles listen to pet sounds and make sgt. pepper
>everyone listens to sgt. pepper
What did this guy do? He's single-handedly delivered some of the greatest and most intricate songs since the 60's. Not intricate in instrumentation, but in lyrics. The key to Dylan is to understand that his voice is unique and though its gotten terrible over the years, it's an enigma. And I agree with you that he didn't want to be the voice of the generation, but he's a damn good musician because he's a poet and a singer, and I recommend going back and listening to his earlier stuff.
I'm a Dylan fan and I think he's overrated as a pop culture icon, but not as a musician. He really never wanted to be a pop culture icon and hated the way the public saw him.
Relevant video: https://youtu.be/a_j0e-ApfNQ