Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy seventieth birthday, Bob

"Dylan's music is not inspired. His melodies and arrangements are derivative, and his one technical accomplishment, a vivacious, evocative harmonica, does not approach the virtuosity of a Sonny Terry. His strength as a musician is his formidable eclecticism combined with a talent for choosing the right music to go with a given lyric. The result is a unity of sound and word that eludes most of his imitators."

-- Ellen Willis, from "Dylan", published in Cheetah magazine, 1967.

(Well, it was either run with that quote or be the seventy thousandth blog to link to a YouTube clip of "Knocking on Heaven's Door" or "Not Dark Yet".)