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Bob Dylan, Conservative?

Leftie, folkie icon Bob Dylan was singing from the supply side playbook the other day during an interview with AARP magazine, touting a little trickle down economics for his fellow seniors.

As noted in the Wall Street Journal:

DYLAN: As long as there’s suffering, you can only be so happy. How can a person be happy if he has misfortune? Some wealthy billionaire who can buy 30 cars and maybe buy a sports team, is that guy happy? What then would make him happier? Does it make him happy giving his money away to foreign countries? Is there more contentment in that than in giving it here to the inner cities and creating jobs? The government’s not going to create jobs. It doesn’t have to.

People have to create jobs, and these big billionaires are the ones who can do it. We don’t see that happening. We see crime and inner cities exploding with people who have nothing to do, turning to drink and drugs. They could all have work created for them by all these hotshot billionaires. For sure that would create a lot of happiness. Now, I’m not saying they have to—I’m not talking about communism—but what do they do with their money? Do they use it in virtuous ways?

Q: So they should be moving their focus here instead of . . .

DYLAN: Well, I think they should, yeah, because there are a lot of things that are wrong in America, and especially in the inner cities, that they could solve. Those are dangerous grounds, and they don’t have to be. There are good people there, but they’ve been oppressed by lack of work. Those people can all be working at something. These multibillionaires can create industries right here in America. But no one can tell them what to do. God’s got to lead them.

Are the failures of President Obama prompting some new thinking? If Bob Dylan is saying conservative things, is a new era at hand?

17 Responses to Bob Dylan, Conservative?

  1. Poor Bob – spent his whole career fighting against the “man” and the “system”, then the counter-culture gets the power and nothing changed – maybe got worse.
    Something about a liberal being ‘mugged’, …..

    • Eh, you can’t pigeonhole Bob. Liberals have tried, but he has consistently shaken off what lefties have attempted to attribute to him.

      He’s been an underground conservative for a while.

  2. Bob’s brain might be tangled up in Blue, or perhaps the times, they are a-changin’. However, if asked, he’ll say It Ain’t me, Babe, I was just Knockin’ on Heavens Door. He gets in more trouble by calling the reporter of this story that he’s Just Like a Woman, and go Seek Shelter From the Storm. He’ll go reclusive again, sheltering from this “Hurricane”‘ , then Act Like a Rollin’ Stone and after One More Cup of Coffee declare Its all Over Now, Baby Blue.

  3. That Bob Dylan would agree that jobs come from the entrepreneur class is a pretty powerful statement about the folly of path we’ve been going down.

    If this Republic is still around in a decade, I am positive that most of the folks that elected “Mr. Hope and Change” are going to collectively shake their heads and say something to the effect of “what were we thinking”? The relatively few Obama voters that I know already are…

  4. It’s not a statement of trickle-down economics at all. Trickle-down means that the rich by acting in self-interest will take care of the poor. Dylan says this will never happen and the only hope is to appeal to their better angels to lend a hand up the ladder.

  5. Bob Dylan’s Stealing of James Damiano’s Songs

    By PHIL GARBER Managing Editor | 0 comments
    MOUNT OLIVE TWP. – Bob Dylan doesn’t deny that he used the melody of the old Negro spiritual “No More Auction Block” as the basis for “Blowing in the Wind” though the music and words are credited to Dylan.
    And Dylan has admitted that he often drew from traditional songs to craft his own tunes, again while not citing his sources and claiming the tunes as original.
    But James Damiano, a former Budd Lake, Randolph and Mine Hill resident, said Dylan went too far when he allegedly used Damiano’s song, “Steel Guitars” as the basis for Dylan’s 1996 Grammy nominated song, “Dignity.”
    Damiano initially made his claims in a federal lawsuit he filed in 1995. He lost the suit but has never given up his crusade to show how Dylan used many of his tunes, but never gave Damiano credit.
    Most recently, Damiano has created a two and a half hour film to document his case, which is simply called “Bob Dylan’s Stealing of James Damiano’s Songs.” Damiano said he hopes to screen the documentary at an unspecified date at the Producer’s Club at 358 West 44th St. in New York which includes video depositions of people in Dylan entourage.

    Long Battle
    Damiano, 64, whose parents lived in Freehold, hometown of Bruce Springsteen, said his lifelong odyssey for musical respect, started in 1978. He had called the Columbia Records office of the legendary music producer, John Hammond, who discovered and represented the likes of every one from Dylan and Springsteen to Billie Holiday and Pete Seeger.
    Damiano spoke with Hammond’s longtime aid at Columbia Records, Mikie Harris. He recited a few lines from one of his songs to Harris, “Just think how beautiful you would feel if your love was real.”
    Harris liked the song and nearly a year later, arranged for an audition with Hammond. Damiano brought his guitar and harmonica and played four of his songs before Hammond. Understating the moment, Damiano said he was “blown away” at the chance of performing for one of music history’s legends.
    Though he didn’t get a contract, Damiano began working at Columbia. One day he received a call from Anthony Tiller, an assistant to Mikie Harris. He wanted to know if Damiano could provide some of his songs to Dylan.
    Tiller offered Damiano two tickets to Dylan’s next show at Jones Beach and said Damiano should bring along the songs and leave them at the rear stage entrance.
    After the show, Damiano said he went backstage and met a hooded Dylan.
    “I said that Anthony Tiller told me to give him the songs,” Damiano said.
    He handed the box of songs to Dylan who took them and walked away without saying a word. One of the songs was Damiano’s “Steel Guitars.”
    Damiano said he has 20 boxes filled with his 400 original songs and that for the next four years, he often shared songs with Dylan’s management. Among them was “Steel Guitars” that later became “Dignity” and other songs that ended up on Dylan‘s “Under the Red Sky” and “Oh Mercy” albums, he said.
    He filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in 1996 before U.S. District Court Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden.
    In discovery motions, Damiano submitted testimony to prove the alleged infringement from a wide variety of musical experts, from Jon Bon Jovi’s piano teacher to an expert in music from Harvard and Julliard.
    Simandle, however, dismissed the suit with prejudice, meaning that Damiano could one day file it again. He said the cost of litigation means he will probably not go back to court.
    Dylan was not deposed for the suit. But he has bristled in the past over suggestions that he stole music. Rather, he has said, his process is part of a timeless tradition in music.
    In the Sept. 14, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone, Dylan was less apologetic about charges of plagiarism, calling his critics “wussies and pussies.”
    And none other than another rock legend, Joni Mitchell, called Dylan a “plagiarist” in an April 22, 2010, interview with the Los Angeles Times.
    “Everything about Bob is a deception,” Mitchell said.