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Thread #84959   Message #1576391
Posted By: WFDU - Ron Olesko
05-Oct-05 - 09:17 AM
Thread Name: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
Subject: RE: DylanOnTube-PBS/ScorseseDocumentary
I would not generalize about women so much guest.

I don't think it is unusual that people gravitate toward music from someone of their own gender. I would say I know more women who were Joni Mitchell fans then my male friends. I think we tend to follow music that speaks to us personally, and often it is hard to relate to the feelings being expressed by an artist of the opposite sex.   That doesn't mean we don't learn and experience their music, it just isn't something that we cling to.

Back in the 60's I was in middle school. We had an art teacher that would allow the students to bring in albums while we worked on our projects.   There was one girl in our class who would always bring in Bob Dylan albums. It was not a case of teen idols like those that were bringing in Beatle and Rolling Stones albums.   At that age, I was just a sponge - usually listening to whatever was on the radio or being offered by Ed Sullivan.   I do remember being struck by the words and Dylan's delivery.    Sure his voice was rough, but I don't think the power would have been there if a vocalist like Perry Como or the like tried to sing the song.   

No one is being forced to like Dylan.   I do find it interesting that MOST of the Dylan detractors in this thread tend to show up as an anonymous guest. That speaks volumes.