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Thread #84959   Message #1572219
Posted By: Little Hawk
29-Sep-05 - 01:22 PM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
A catalyst? Yes, he certainly was that. I find it interesting that while the folk establishment in '65-66 was hailing Phil Ochs as the torch bearer and Dylan as the "betrayer" of the folk movement, Phil Ochs himself was defending Dylan in letters to "Sing Out" magazine and telling them they were full of shit. Now, that's amusing! Bob always got a lot of respect from the vast majority of his fellow folk performers (despite personal differences...he and Ochs weren't on speaking terms at the time), and they were in a far better position to rate his performance and significance than the audience was, in my opinion. They knew more about it.

As Ochs pointed out, he was leading the way for all the rest of them. He showed the way to go, and the rest played catchup...some of them VERY well indeed, by the way!