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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
If there was/is a god, it would be Bob Dylan. Without a doubt. Bob Dylan is god.
"Bob Dylan..he's like..God, man"
"No, no, man..Eric Clapton..he's God"
by madsky March 06, 2008
He's a song and dance man.
Bob Dylan is a singer who rose to fame in the early 1960s.
He is still very popular today.
He is considered to be a magnificent song writer by many, though his lyrics are often overinterpreted
In his younger days, he was the epitome of what I like to call an "attractive ugly man."
Now he's old..really old, but still pretty damn cool.

Oh..and did I mention that he helped make the jewfro popular?
Yeah, that pretty much puts him up there with Ghandi and Raptor Jesus
Used in a sentence...
Napoleon-Have you heard Bob Dylan's song "Ballad of a Thin Man"?
Leonardo-No, why?
Nepoleon-Dude, you suck at life.
by Mellow Fellow December 23, 2009
A great American singer-songwriter who came to prominence in the '60s, he would become, if not the voice of his generation, at least the composer of its soundtrack. His voice was, in its prime, perhaps the greatest musical instrument in all of history. Dylan's lyrics have earned him favorable comparison to such literary giants such as Milton, Donne, Tennyson and others (see Dylan's Visions of Sin by Professor of Poetry Sir Christopher Ricks). He is of the type of artist which the world will get once every few hundred years. Though most reading this dictionary will have missed the Age of Shakespeare, they may take comfort in knowing that they've lived in the Age of Dylan.
Pete Townshend compared the influence of hearing Bob Dylan to the influence of being born.
by iammewhoelse June 30, 2010
Possibly one of the greatest poets/singers in history who made the biggest mistake in music history when he stopped singing about politics and went to an electric sound. Then made a bigger one when he went for a country sound with Johnny Cash. Despite this, he remains a genius who truly defined the 60s through his music and captured the rebellious feel of the times. His early works remain classics, with singles such as "The Times They Are A Changing," "Blowin In The Wind," "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" and "Masters Of War" to name a few. Despite the political void, his songs after the album "Bringing It All Back Home" still are works of art.
The Freewheelin Bob Dylan is one of the greatest albums ever, Don't Look Back is one of the greatest doucmentarys ever (footage shot of him on his 1965 tour in London), and Dylan's poetry is deep, profound, and magnificent.
by downwithpop July 06, 2005
One of the greatest songwriters of the 60's and 70's. Got into a Car accident so now he has that raspy voice. He is back on tour today.
Bob dylan is fucking sexy.
by Justin McFarlane May 23, 2005

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