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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
Coolest guy ever. Has a unique voice, and LURVE it.
He's JEWISH!!!!
He was a hottie when he was younger.
Not anymore.
Overall... the coolest person eva.
Me: Look it's Bob Dylan on TV!
Tyler: He sucks. I like the Eagles better.
Me: *Takes out gun and shoots him*
Me: Haha, Bitch.
Tyler: x_X
by funkfunk April 13, 2006
The most amazing song writer to ever walk the earth.
All of you who disagree aren't worthy of his music.
Check out his poem, " Last thoughts on Woody Guthrie", if you disagree. That will change your mind forever.
Bob Dylan, fuck he is amazing!
by Kfjdskfjk June 18, 2006
A folk musician from the sixties who is INCREDIBLY OLD but still FREAKING AWESOME.
"Bob Dylan's so awesome. He could be my grandpa."
by Helen Nigma March 20, 2010
One of the most influential poets and musicians of the 20th century. His songs are characterized by his signature harmonica and raspy voice. His lyrics are brilliant and his music is moving.

Bob Dylan is sexy.
bob Dylan is better than you.
by Morganster January 19, 2008
An extremely influential songwriter. Nuff said.
Besides Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan is the man with the most instantly recognizable and unique voice in American culture, ever. Some despise him. Some worship him. But you'd have to have Down Syndrome not to be able to relate to one of his songs. In the example is the song I relate to the most. Maybe even perhaps, you.
"Johnny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coon-skin cap
In the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten
Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin' that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the D. A.
Look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't try "No Doz"
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows
Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write braille
Get jailed, jump bail
Join the army, if you fail
Look out kid
You're gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time losers
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin' for a new fool
Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters
Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years of schoolin'
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handle."

-Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan.
by All yor base r belong to us January 27, 2006
A very skilled poet/singer/songwriter who wrote the music for every instrument in his songs. Also has a sng for every feeling or thought you have in the world.
Dylan is the man.
Though his voice is not and never was good, it is unique and he excelled with it.
by AliKatt August 09, 2005
Played a character named Alias in Sam Peckinpah's masterpeice, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid".
Watch Bob Dylan throw a knife in "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid".

Good movie, see the un-cut version.
by Ookpick GooseFrubba August 16, 2005

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