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    Bob Dylan. I even saw him live once (free ticket). What is it about him that's made him a legend?

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    Seeing current Bob Dylan is quite a bit different than seeing Bob Dylan in his prime. Tremendous songwriter, especially when compared to other music of his time. He's been touring constantly since 1998, somewhere over 2000 shows for this one tour, but he sounds terrible now (Dylan fan hate incoming).
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    Yeah, I almost fell asleep at his concert. Even his old stuff does nothing for me. It must just be a matter of differing taste.

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    I think it's a different time period thing too. Part of his appeal IMO is that he is deeply connected for his original fans is that he symbolizes very turbulent times rife with social change. I kind of think of him as the Bob Marley of folk.
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    Bob Dylan was one of the first people to popularize an "anything goes", literary slant to song lyrics (rather than limiting it to subjects like love). That's taken for granted now. Most songs started being written like that by the mid 60s. Even the Beatles (specifically Lennon) were inspired by this. John didn't write cryptic, non romantic lyrics until Rubber Soul (or a little before). They attributed it to Dylan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Bob Dylan. I even saw him live once (free ticket). What is it about him that's made him a legend?
    I find Bob Dylan rather boring too. Not always, but overall he is quite boring.
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    We shall ask @EcK.

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    Pretty much most popular music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    Pretty much most popular music.
    Bob Dylan gets props with certain groups though... Hippie/hipsters seem to dig him. I can understand how most popular music just blows.

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