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Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1565  Monday, 23 August 2004

[1]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Aug 2004 08:28:52 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1554 Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Roger Schmeeckle <
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        Date:   Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 11:21:58 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1554 Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare


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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 2004 08:28:52 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.1554 Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1554 Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare

Coincidentally, I intend to see my fifth Dylan show (with Willie Nelson)
this Sunday evening in South Bend, IN. And while I'm rather enthusiastic
about both Shakespeare and Dylan, I don't think I would equate the live
performance aspects because of this main difference: line delivery. A
Shakespeare performance stands or falls on the actors' ability to
perform a meaning for the language. Those who have seen Dylan perform
know that sometimes he mumbles and that he reconstructs his melodies so
that he might be halfway through a song before you realize what it is.
In this case, while I enjoy his lyricism, it can be beside the point for
the success or failure of a concert.

Jack Heller

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From:           Roger Schmeeckle <
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Date:           Saturday, 21 Aug 2004 11:21:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1554 Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1554 Bob Dylan Ranked with Shakespeare

I must differ with DeLuca's categories, apparently lumping all
non-classical categories together as "pop."  I prefer to distinguish
"pop" from "folk," "rock," and "jazz." It might be argued that Dylan
straddles these categories, or that such distinctions are unimportant.
Also, where is DeLuca coming from, musicwise? does he have any
appreciation of the classical music tradition?  have any other critics
praised Dylan's music, as Leonard Bernstein, at one point, called
attention to the fact that the Beatles were making good music?

Back in the fifties I used to think of Ingmar Bergman as "the
Shakespeare of film," which I would defend by pointing out that they
both towered over the other playwrights and filmmakers of the time.  Now
I must revise that evaluation, being more aware of such as Kurosawa,
Ozu, and Fellini.

I still believe that Shakespeare, whoever he was, towers over other
writers in English.

Roger Schmeeckle

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