Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bob Dylan Accused of "Borrowing" Passages from SparkNotes in Nobel Prize Speech

Bob Dylan
Fifty-two years ago, driving my '59 VW bug along the Old Benson Highway between Kent and Renton, Washington, I was horrified by some lyrics blasted out by KJR, Seattle's rock station.









You see me on the street
You always act surprised
You say, “How are you?” “Good luck”
But you don’t mean it
When you know as well as me
You’d rather see me paralyzed
Why don’t you just come out once
And scream it
"Positively 4th Street," Bob Dylan


That kind of brutal honesty was not typical of early 60's popular music, but Dylan was not the ordinary crooner.

She was workin’ in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer
I just kept lookin’ at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear
And later on as the crowd thinned out
I’s just about to do the same
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, “Don’t I know your name?”
I muttered somethin’ underneath my breath
She studied the lines on my face
I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe
Tangled up in blue
"Tangled Up in Blue," Bob Dylan

Dylan, the so-called "poet of his generation," is now being charged with plagiarism in his recent Nobel Prize speech in Stockholm, Sweden, where he's said to have "quoted" from Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.  Dylan's quote from the book is not found in the novel, but, instead, apparently comes from SparkNotes, an online site similar to Cliff Notes.  Several other passages of Dylan's acceptance speech appear to have been lifted from the site, although with a few words shifted.  Here is the link to original story on Slate by AndreaPitzer: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2017/06/did_bob_dylan_take_from_sparknotes_for_his_nobel_lecture.html

Diego Lee Rot
We spoke with Brownsville Observer's Punk Rock reporter and musical historian, Diego Lee Rot, for a possible explanation for the prolific wordsmith's alleged behavior:

"Dylan probably procrastinated till the last minute for his Nobel Prize speech, sort of like not working on a term paper until the night before it's due, then, simply lifted some stuff from Sparknotes.  

Dylan could have ad libbed about Woody Guthrie for hours, but with his award being in "literature," he had to show himself to be well read.  He probably wanted to give the $920,000 award to his grandkids.  But, for a guy whose poured out over 500 songs, to use someone else's words, it was like billionaire Donald Trump stealing the tip from the table at a Mexican restaurant."

2 comments:

  1. Bob Dylan is a no talent piece of shit heroin junkie. 500 songs ? Who gives a shit when every one of them sucks. If you listen to his amateur crap whiney voice, you suck to. Throw away those 8-track tapes and upgrade to cassettes jimmy. Much like the majority or your jobless, drugged out protesting generation, he will be dead soon.

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  2. Leave the American Icon Legend alone! Many have imitated him, or copied his work, and he has never complained. Bob Dylan, is Da'Man!
    He even has a song called Brownsville Girl! Originally aka New Danville Girl, but later named it Brownsville Girl.

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