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Bob Dylan Is Accused Of Plagiarism

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Bob Dylan has staunchly defended the work he produced on his most recent album, Tempest, after it had been suggested that he had plagiarised several different artists. The 71-year-old folk rock genius issued a strongly-worded response to those who questioned his music.

“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff,” Dylan told Rolling Stone magazine. “In folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition. It’s true for everybody but me. There are different rules for me.”

In the forthright interview, which comes days after his controversial statements surrounding slavery and is now on shelves from today, the rocker also discusses the likes of John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen and the way he has been depicted on film and television recently.

This plagiarism charge comes after he was accused of stealing from the work of the poet Henry Timrod, who died in 1867, on his 2006 album Modern Times.

“As far as Henry Timrod is concerned, have you even heard of him? Who’s reading him lately? And who’s pushed him to the forefront?”

Dylan continued to rage citing, “If you think it’s so easy to quote him and it can help your work, do it yourself and see how far you can get.”

In the past, the writer of “Like a Rolling Stone” has been accused of stealing passages from the memoir of a Japanese gangster, which seems to have the same passion and fervour of the period in the mid 1960s when he was labeled Judas for changing to an electric sound.

Dylan’s music continues to generate huge public interest, and his 35th studio album, Tempest, was released earlier this week.

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18 Responses to “Bob Dylan Is Accused Of Plagiarism”

  1. Lawrence Mintz

    Ill tempered for sure but one of the least boring singer songwriters in the all of history.

  2. Greg Whitsell

    I just don't get him. Lots of people say he's influential and talented and a legend, blah blah blah, so I guess it must be true on some level. And I liked him in "The Traveling Wilburys." And I like covers of his stuff other people have done.

    But I'd just about prefer listening to a cat in a blender rather than actually listen to him sing.

  3. Lawrence Mintz

    It's hard to have a favorite I have about 10 favorite among them are Visions of Johanna, Crimes of Freedom, My Back Pages, It's Alright Ma, One Too Many Mornings, Girl From The North Country and Desolation Row.

  4. Lawrence Mintz

    Ill tempered for sure but one of the least boring singer songwriters in all of history.

  5. Lawrence Mintz

    Well ya can't please everybody. For me he is one of best if not the best songwriter ever.

  6. Wendy Stupka

    Like A Rolling Stone has become the soundtrack to my life. Too many favorites to mention. I love Bob & his family forever. He is awesome…so leave him alone and let him be. He's always coming up with something great for me, regardless of what may have influenced it, which is always interesting.

  7. Beverly Propst

    people who criticize him are really very insecure with themselves. Go sit on a pot and poop.

  8. Rick Nilson

    In the song "Tell Ole Bill", Bob uses the phrase "I look at you and now I sigh…" which is a line from a drinking song by William Yeats. I would ask if that is plagiarism? I love his music.

  9. Jeff Barnet

    There's only centuries of literary and folk tradition backing him up. As Woody Guthrie said, "I'm the biggest song-stealer there ever was."

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