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Matt Oberleitner

Only one Dylan

Dear John McIntire, after reading your letter published in Friday's paper explaining how bad Bob Dylan was last Sunday at Petersen Events Center, I was pretty amused.

Then, a co-worker pointed out that you were serious, and I was dumbfounded. I would just like to point out a few things, John.

First off, I'm not sure what you expected to see, whether it was a 20-year-old Bob Dylan singing or what, but believe it or not, HE'S 60. A 60-year-old, lifetime smoker playing ANY music is pretty impressive to me. Dylan is almost old enough to collect Social Security, let alone tour the country with his band, pretty impressive indeed.

Second, I'll give you one thing: his songs are unrecognizable, but I don't think that's the point. As a musician, I am more interested in seeing the greatest songwriter in history perform than hear him play his 30-year-old songs perfectly.

My last comment is also to the Post-Gazette, who captioned Dylan's photo with "Bob Dylan: Past his Prime?" Past his prime? Is that even possible? Was Thomas Jefferson "past his prime" after he wrote the Constitution?

Was Darwin "past his prime" after he theorized evolution? Was Jonas Salk "past his prime" after he discovered the polio vaccine? Ben Franklin, Henry David Thoreau, Sir Isaac Newton, Mahatma Gandhi. Where any of these men ever "past their prime"? No, they weren't.

Bob Dylan is single-handedly the greatest musician to ever live. I am not concerned with him singing his songs perfectly. In fact, I'd pay the $50 to watch him stand on stage and do nothing at all. $50 is a small testament to a man that saved music, so stop whining, John McIntire, and feel lucky to see who you did. There won't be another one like him.

Matt Oberleitner


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Dear Swicklet - Re Dylan, how would you know? What is your authority? Since when did one bitter fool's opinion matter a damn next one of the greats in his field? I charitably submit that you are a fool, I don't know you personally so I don't know if you are an idiot, but it sure seems possible. Why don't you take up cooking, or reviewing Paris Hilton's literary odyssey? It sound like it would be more your speed than attempting to comprehend what you cannot, Mr. Bob Dylan.
(The ago of one man's opinion is over and your mention of some Reich reveals your true intent, so I call you Sir Bigot Fascist.)


this is realy bad writing
if i didnt see your picture, i would tink you where a 14 year old girl

Beethoven Fifth Symphony is whitout lyrics
i know the notes but i dont like it more then dylan
i know the notes becose they are repetded again and again


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Vile Meanie

Ach, butthurt people.
I agree. Dylan is way overrated. People like him, fair enough. Whatever floats your boat. But stating that he is the greatest songwriter is just preposterous. Something a fanboy would write, which is fine. But don't expect people to agree with you.


Don't let those fat dylanophiles get you down. You're completely right, he is easily the most overrated musician of all time.


Don't let those fat dylanophiles get you down. You're completely right, he is easily the most overrated musician of all time.


Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

Did Bach, Handel, or Beethoven every write something like that? I'm not saying Bob Dylan was the greatest musical genius prophet god ruler or whatever else people say he is. But common man, that's better than just OK. I don't think it's that absurd to say that a verse like the one above has what it takes to tap into someone's emotions just as strongly as Beethoven's Fifth.

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