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A pioneer of folk rock (in its electric sense), and most importantly that fusion, but who is only considered a pioneer by those who don't particularly want to look at what else was going on in the world of music. Awful, awful voice: could be viewed as a soulful voice by his defenders, but even many of his most well-meaning fans will admit that his gravelly, difficult voice isn't his strength.

They say his strength is his songwriting. But, as examples, they pull up stuff like "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Subterranean Homesick Alien" BUT!

1) Repetitive, dull chord progression. Don't rhyme at all. It'd be OK if what he said made sense. It doesn't. Don't go whinging saying that "it makes sense to the responder, it talks to me, waa waa I was breastfed til I was 17". Most of what Dylan wrote was stream of consciousness or old-fashioned storytelling that, if S o C, is just his thoughts, and honestly, who cares? If old-fashioned storytelling, then he's failed because noone has any idea what the hell he's on about. Quite a story.

2) DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. Mr. Tambourine Man? "In the jingle-jangle morning"? This is not the lyrics of a genius. I'm sorry. What is then, you ask?
Well, maybe, hell, "Now I know how Joan of Arc felt, when the flames rose to her Roman Nose and her walkman started to melt". Funny, anachronistic. Jingle-jangle morning? It sounds like something written on a bad Hallmark card.

3) Subterranean Homesick Blues could, could have been brilliant, but instead it comes off as self-indulgent. What the hell? It's just stream-of-consciousness, beat poetry, except without the interest of Ginsberg or Kerouac. Nice ripoff, enjoy your millions.

He's not particularly good at guitar. A prodigy at harmonica, but then again, there are homeless men on the street who are pretty damn good at harmonica too, and they don't get celebrated as genius.

The myth of Bob Dylan has been propogated by ageing hippies who pass on this values system of "sticking it to the man!", and use stuff like "Hurricane" as examples of this. He is a figurehead for a movement of assertive peace and political awareness, which is why he has found a consistent fan base (i.e. because we're politically screwed, and have been for the last 40 years). The queen is a figurehead too. Let's celebrate her genius. Nevermind she can't sing, her lyrics are deliberately obscure and she can't play guitar.

You can find kids with four Bob Dylan songs on their iPods, scoffing at their friends who like Blink 182 or Good Charlotte, even though if questioned they wouldn't have a clue about Bob Dylan. Why? It's what Dylan represents. Fight the mainstream.
I respect his political opinions and how he has crystallised that youthful, almost naive optimism of the 60's, but Bob Dylan? I never trust a man with two first names.
by Caltcapa March 07, 2006
Dy·lan, Bob. Originally Robert Allen Zimmerman. Born 1941.

1. American born Jewish musician and songwriter who is most often noted for his protest/rebellion songs.
2. Musical and lyrical artist, who was most influencial in the late 60s.
3. One of the forefronters of the peace movement, and became "the voice of a generation" though he has always been rather reluctant to accept this title.
4. Widly believed to be one of the greatest poets in history.
5. Musician who is widely known for his extensive use of drugs, and even turning The Beatles on to pot. Though still as fabulous as ever, he is now often considered to be "cracked-out."
6. As his popularity is so widespreed, even those who are generally not familar with Dylan recognize him as that wild, curly haired, scratchy-voiced, thoughtful poet that personified a generation.
1. Blowin' in the Wind is one of Bob Dylan's most popular and appreciated songs.
2. Bob Dylan was still popular and just as talented as he was in the sixties in later decades, but later generations had difficulty appreciating his music, because, perhaps to them, he represented a part of their parents past- something they considered themselves not apart of.
3. Then just a young man, Dylan soon found himself as the icon of a generation.
4. "Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'."

(Bob Dylan---The Times They Are A-Changin')

'nough said.
5. People have been saying that for the past few years Bob Dylan has been looking and sounding rough- and it isn't from old age.
6. Bob Dylan is golden.
by 'Manda. February 24, 2005
The most influential artist in music history. Not only a lyrical genius, but he has been an inspiration for every musician since the early 60's in one way or another. His songs are not only compelling but extremely deep. Many people do not 'like' Bob Dylan because his music is too hard for them to comprehend. A God.
"Hey man whats your favorite Dylan song?"

"It's gotta be Shelter from the Storm"
by A, Down May 09, 2005
Bob Dylan, aka Robert Zimmerman, is easily the best musican on the planet. Heavily influenced by folk singer Woody Guthrie, he has made a name for himself as probably THE best songwriter of all time. He has written hundreds of songs, each one completely relevant to our lives. Also, he is easily the most humble celebrity, but considering his immense talent, even if he were arrogant, we would all put up with it because he is that good. Dylan's music is passionate, heart wrenching, joyful, spiritual and dark. He was also friends with cool people like Allan Ginsberg and the Beatles. Sung Blowin in the Wind to Pope John Paul II.
How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?


Bob Dylan is better than John Lennon.
by Sarah86 January 15, 2006
The most significant intellectual event in my life: listening to Like a Rolling Stone for the first time.

Greatest song: Mister Tambourine Man.

'Nuf said.
When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal.
by sprezzatura August 12, 2005
the man who single handedly changed the entire music world. The greatest singer/song writer ever.
"eternity" said frankie lee with a voice as cold as ice. "that's right" said judas "eternity, although you might call it paradise." - bob dylan
by g-prime604 November 20, 2005
Singer/Songwriter Extraordinarre. His unique voice is the embodiment of passion and sends shivers down the spine of any person with a soul. Call him "Genius", "Spokesman of a Generation", "Zimmy", "The Man", "Nasely-voiced pothead", or "Sexiest Sixty-something Year Old Man Alive". It doesn't matter. Bob is better than you.
Listen to this song, it's called "My Back Pages"

~Holy Crap, I just shit myself! Bob Dylan owns me.

That's right. Here's a clean pair of undies.
by fencesfacing September 25, 2006
The artist who released "Nashville Skyline," which mrs yuck obviously didn't listen to, or else she would know Bob Dylan CAN in fact sing. Furthermore, he's a better lyricist than she could ever hope to be.

The author thinks that he speaks for Dylan fans worldwide when he asks mrs yuck to go back to listening to Blink 182.
Bob Dylan > mrs yuck
by The Switch_ July 20, 2005

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