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  •  Thanks for a great post (5+ / 0-)

    And for all the wonderful comments. I think talk about "the best" is usually pointless, though Dylan certainly belongs in any discussion, but I had a great time looking through the comments and being reminded of just how many rich and fine songs there are from the last forty years or so.

    Some of those mentioned don't do much for me, but hey, I'm not going to pick any fights today. Let a thousand flowers bloom. And keep on rockin.

    •  I don't need a fight, but I'm happy with little (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Monsieur Georges

      skirmishes. Arguments can help me work out and clarify what I really think.

      Yes, the "best" of anything is usually just a construct to shape debate, to find angles, and pros and cons, to help grasp the unique and immeasurable quiddity that actually matters in a work of art.

      That said, Dylan being the best songwriter and the Beatles being the best rock group seem to me more defensible than many such claims. But, if I spent an hour backing that up (as I have before), I'd put a lot into how influential they were on their peers and descendants. The Beatles did everything first, and all their innovations became the standards. Dylan turned every other rock songwriter inside out, and taught them to dream in color.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 12:30:38 PM PDT

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