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Re: Bob Dylan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2267  Tuesday, 2 October 2001

[1]     From:   Carl Fortunato <
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        Date:   Monday, 01 Oct 2001 12:52:58 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2256 Re: Bob Dylan

[2]     From:   David Linton <
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        Date:   Monday, 1 Oct 2001 16:08:46 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.2256 Re: Bob Dylan

[3]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 02 Oct 2001 09:32:45 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2256 Hero Blues


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From:           Carl Fortunato <
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Date:           Monday, 01 Oct 2001 12:52:58 EDT
Subject: 12.2256 Re: Bob Dylan
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2256 Re: Bob Dylan

>Leaving aside his appalling music, it's always seemed >odd to me that someone who voluntarily changed his >name to 'Dylan' should be invoked as a standard of >poetic insight or integrity.

A) Many consider him a musical genius, the first one to recognize that
Blues, Rock, Folk and English Madrigals are basically the same sort of
music.  And the sheer variety of the man's music is simply breathtaking.

B) The pseudonym comes from his mother's side of the family, which was
"Dillon," and has nothing whatsoever to do with Dylan Thomas.  Bob Dylan
didn't even read Dylan Thomas until after he discovered that he was
supposed to have somehow taken his name from the fellow.

Ah, well, to keep it on topic: Shakespeare, he's in the alley, with his
pointed shoes and his bells.

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From:           David Linton <
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Date:           Monday, 1 Oct 2001 16:08:46 -0400
Subject: 12.2256 Re: Bob Dylan
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.2256 Re: Bob Dylan

A clever rhetorical gambit: bashing two Dylans with one stone!  Seems
likely that Terence knows neither the music nor the poems.

David Linton

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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Tuesday, 02 Oct 2001 09:32:45 +0000
Subject: 12.2256 Hero Blues
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2256 Hero Blues

>: Terence Hawkes writes:

>Leaving aside his appalling music, it's always seemed odd to me that
>someone who voluntarily changed his name to 'Dylan' should be invoked as
>a standard of poetic insight or integrity.

A taxi driver writes:

Doubtless this posting was a case of "I threw a pebble in a brook and
watched the ripples as they run" (Paul Simon) but in any case........
you should see what the British do when it comes to judging standards of
poetic insight or integrity with the scribblings of some rustic bloke
(born on a spring, moonless night in a small town from the provinces)
who couldn't cut the mustard as an actor, didn't have a degree in Eng.
Lit. and whose dad was a dung-dumping shopkeeper. He went one better
than recourse to a deed poll for a name change and invented him a
heraldic coat of arms in between wrecking the backbeat of the mighty
iambic pentameter and hob-nobbing with the aristocracy. Now he brings in
more dosh than Her Maj.

We'll be having a grocer's daughter or a mediocre Oxbridge guitar player
who didn't make the grade in the mus. bis. as Prime Minister next.

I had this drunken Llarggubian poet in the back of the cab once,
guv...........

Best Wishes,
Graham Hall

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