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Mr. Tucker’s article on Dylan is thoughtful, articulate and unfortunately stuck within the narrow perspective of its subject like a tire stuck in mud.
Face it people, in popular culture the density (intellectual) of the music must match the density (illiteracy) of the audience. As such rock ‘n roll should carry a government warning that states “Contains Only 13% Music”.
In Clint Eastwood’s movie “Bird” there is a scene where Charley Parker slowly walks down the aisle of a theater where his former tenor sax player is jukin’ and jivin’ playin a rock ‘n roll blues to a screaming crowd. This very sad moment signifies the handoff of the baton of popular music from jazz to rock.p>The average jazz musician’s jock strap couldn’t be carried by the average rock musician. Rock is about sociology, the glorification of the cult of teenage youth. Music’s got nothin’ to do with it. br> — Darrell Judd /p>
William Tucker’s article on Bob Dylan is way off the mark… kind of like music today.
First off, what is the need to politicize this? Rolling Stone came out with a “best of” rock list, relax. Second, Mr. Tucker’s summary of Bob Dylan is much like a song from today’s current bands — WEAK.
For one thing, Bob Dylan has influenced every single worthwhile musician today, namely: Springsteen, The Beatles, U-2, Johnny Cash, Mike Ness and The Clash. Tucker’s comment that Dylan’s music prevents the listener from “dancing to the beat” and employs an “insulting voice” is laughable to say the least. His music isn’t supposed to be danced to and some of the all-time greats had less than stellar voices: Springsteen, Johnny Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?