NewAssumption4780 t1_j1ymask wrote

I mean, he can't sing, his harp hurts my ears and he's a mediocre guitarist. But, he was the first dude in the western rock world to write songs that weren't about heartbreak, teen love and other superficial themes geared towards kids. It was super obvious in retrospect but at the time it was ground breaking. The Beatles would switch from Twist and Shout to A Day in the Life. It shook up the world of rock. It was during Dylan that early Motown groups went from HDH's Baby Love archetype to Norman Whitfield's grittier Ball of Confusion.


NewAssumption4780 t1_j13733g wrote

As a guy who was a teen during his heyday I could never understand his level of success. His stuff was good, but not hit parade number one, constant rotation good.