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Frankham An Open Letter To Bob Dylan (65* d) RE: An Open Letter To Bob Dylan 01 Sep 05

It would have been different if Dylan hadn't been lionized and touted as a "folk artist" who epitomizes the "topical song.". Then I could accept him as I do Elvis for just doing his thing.

Maybe it wasn't his fault. Maybe the "hype" in the left-wing circles about him was the problem. I think he was disingenous about his early music. He used the Left to get ahead as a rock star He said so himself on Sixty Minutes..

That said, he obviously reached a lot of people and they love his songs. That's fine.

I believe however that the artist owes the audience more than the audience owes him/her. If they artist is not gracious, I think there's something wrong with them and I question their mode of communication. It turns me off. I listen and enjoy early Miles Davis recordings but never wanted to see him live later. Why be insulted? Who do they think they are? Being an artist doesn't give anyone licence to be an a****hole.

As for Bob, he is now McDylan (a billion sold) and that's OK by me. But he's not my favorite songwriter. And I don't like his attitude.

Frank Hamilton

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