All right! Another awesome elderly gentleman is in the news, and this time it’s not for dying. The always-egotistical (and deservedly so) Bob Dylan lashed out at the new generation of rock bands in the program for his upcoming tour. "I know there are groups at the top of the charts that are hailed as the saviors of rock ‘n’ roll and all that, but they are amateurs," Dylan wrote. "They don’t know where the music comes from."
Although some people might dismiss his comments – and many I know indeed do not like Bob Dylan or his music – his words, like his good songs, are overflowing with bitter and cynical truth. But it forces the question: Why would someone not like Bob Dylan? How could anyone doubt such prophetic prose? So I thought to myself about all the people I know that dislike him, and there was a glaring consistency between them. They’re all a bunch of idiots. I can understand not liking his voice, for it is a little whiny, but he is a genius, after all. We can allow him some transgressions of aural taste.
And as far as originality goes, he was there in the beginning, in the folk trenches, and he wasn’t afraid to go over the top. Even when the cards were stacked against him, he bravely pressed on. And although he did make some pretty bad Jesus-oriented music, there are enough of the goods to make up for it. Like Hunter S. Thompson, he was on the scene, kickin’ ass and takin’ names, not apologizing to anyone. He even got the Beatles stoned for the first time. So when he slags on bands like Jet and stuff, which actually are pretty bad, I’m afraid I have to agree.