Skip to comments.Dylan song 'changed the world'
Posted on 08/05/2005 8:50:42 AM PDT by nuconvert
Dylan Song 'Changed the World' - Poll
Bob Dylan's song "Like a Rolling Stone" topped a poll on Friday to find the 100 songs, movies, TV shows and books that "changed the world" in the opinion of musicians, actors and industry experts.
Dylan's 1965 single beat Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" into second place in the survey for "Uncut" magazine.
Paul McCartney, Noel Gallagher, Robert Downey Jr, Rolling Stone Keith Richards and Lou Reed were among those who gave their views for the poll.
"I absolutely remember where I was when I first heard it. It got me through adolescence," rocker Patti Smith said of the winning song.
Ex-Beatle McCartney picked "Heartbreak Hotel" as his number one choice.
"It's the way (Presley) sings it as if he is singing from the depths of hell," McCartney said. "His phrasing, use of echo, it's all so beautiful. Musically, it's perfect."
The Beatles' song "She Loves You" ranked at number three, followed by the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" emerged as the most influential film at number five, followed by "The Godfather" and "The Godfather II" films in sixth place.
"The Prisoner" was the top-ranking TV series at number 10, while Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road" was the highest-ranking book, in 19th place.
Actor Edward Norton and ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson also took part in the poll, marking the magazine's 100th issue.
What if my respect for the knowledge and judgement of musicians, actors and industry experts is less than zero?
What possible significance can the opinion of a bunch of dumber than anvils have on my life?
I have well over 1,000 78's and probably about as many 45's. I don't have any by the Comedian Harmonists, but I do have their 1930 recording Wochenend und Sonnenschein (Weekend and Sunshine)--the German version of Happy Days Are Here Again--on CD (I have at least nine versions of Happy Days Are Here Again).
Do we know who Barbara is?
Three were Jews, three were not. Hitler broke up the group, I forget when, 1934 or 1935. All six survived the war but they never got together again, and never really got friendly again. The last died only a few years ago, in Palm Springs, CA.
The Harmonist were inspired to get together in the first place by an American group of the 1920s, I think called The Revellers -- a sophisticated group described as barbershop with a college degree. I have a couple of things they did on Retro CDs, "My Blue Heaven" and one other I can't think of.
I have a few Revellers recordings, including a beautiful rendition of Yankee Rose, a hit from 1927, on 78. As a graduate of Whittier High School in Whittier, Calif.--where Richard Nixon was once a student, and First Lady Pat Nixon was once a teacher--I am especially interested in Yankee Rose, because our school's alma mater uses that tune. When I was in the band, and we played the tune at the conclusion of football games, I had to play the tuba part on the baritone horn, because there was no baritone part.
Here's a version of Yankee Rose that was heard at the Republican National Convention in 1928:
Oh, Hoover's name and Hoover's fame
Are known at home, and around the world the same.
Our nation calls, he's the best of all.
He is tried and true. We know he'll do.
And he'll be elected president next fall.
I'm from Southern California, not Chicago, but during the late 1950's, the Mitchell Marionettes, a troupe of local puppeteers, used the song Petunia in one of their shows. Over the years, I couldn't forget the lyrics, probably because they sounded so weird.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that there is a website devoted to Two Ton Baker.
If there is one book, movie, or song that deserves the claim that it changed the world, it's Exodus.
Thought I'd ping all the Dylan fans to something I came across on Amazon tonight. It's an upcoming Martin Scorsese film on Dylan to be shown on PBS end of Sept.
Here's a link to the info and a video clip you can watch.........Should be good!..........
Thanks for the ping. I'll watch for it in September.
Scorsese is a notoriously angry fallen-away Christian. It will be interesting to see if this factors into his PBS film.
I've seen the 1967 documentary, "Don't Look Back" which covers the same time period. In it, the very young Dylan proudly announced he didn't believe in God. Twenty years later he changed his tune and wrote the music that evidenced his joyful conversion.
I just hope he's still experiencing the fruits of his faith.
Yes, into the American night. You might stop by Birdland, they've booked old God Shearing for the weekend...
I'll watch. Reading the write-up, it appears to me that the Dylan that comes across will be incomplete without his overtly Christian era, but I doubt that the media knows exactly what to do with that.
Thanks for the info
I imagine most of those responding to this poll are unaware there was music before that.
In what way did any of these songs change the world?
Don't know about 'changing the world', but it is one of my favorite songs! Don't know why, really. I like the electric organ parts of it.
The doctor who discovered penicillin changed the world. The doctor who discovered the polio vaccine changed the world. The guys who won WWII changed the world. Bob Dylan is just a musician and until the 20th century performers were considered to be only slightly more respectable than prostitutes. Perhaps we should go back to that.
They'll probably do what they've always done -- ignore it or deny it.
Hopefully "Chronicles II" will testify to his Christian faith.
Is there a Dylan ping list? Anyone...
"Dylan is a genius who had a profound influence on my 1960s generation in the US, but his current stratospheric elevation smacks of the faddish. " Like a Rolling Stone" is an exhilaratingly propulsive song with a wicked rap of bratty put-downs. I have found it personally inspiring in my war on political correctness in academe. But artistically, the song suffers from its compulsive sneering - an adolescent tic.
A truly great song has expansiveness, vision, and emotional range. On those grounds, the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" or " Gimme Shelter" would rank far beyond "Like a Rolling Stone". In my course, "Art of Song Lyrics", which I am teaching this semester at the University of the Arts, we will be studying a much greater song by Dylan, "Desolation Row", so long and complex that it always takes several class days to do justice to. "