They were being schooled, and they were excellent students. My twenty-something son and daughter went to Bonnaroo last week and both said McCartney was absolutely amazing.
Dylan was listening to the lads, as well. Apparently the first time he heard a Beatles song on the radio he froze and said, “This changes everything.”
It may have been a two way street, but with an 18 wheeler going one way and a “beetle” going the other, at least lyrically. Dylan was impressed with the innovative chord combinations on I Wanna Hold Your Hand, but I don’t think he attained that lyrical height until Wiggle, Wiggle. I have read that Lennon said he wrote I Am the Walrus as a joke because he thought Dylan was writing nonsense that was being called profound and that he told someone with Playboy, “I can write that crap too.” As between all artists, I think there was a love/hate thing between them, Roll On John notwithstanding.
Love or hate, Lennon was a peer to Dylan, and Dylan didn’t have many peers. Here are my thoughts on his tribute to Lennon — http://www.mardecortesbaja.com/2012/09/12/tempest-track-by-track-roll-on-john/
If by “peer” you mean artistic equal, I can think of at least a dozen Dylan songs that have no equal.
I mean more someone who had the same cultural importance and the same cultural celebrity.
I’ll grant that. The following Atlantic article gets it right, I think:
Yes. Dylan was closer to Harrison personally, but didn’t write a tribute to him. He was, instead, morning the death of a myth, from the perspective of an artist who had himself become a myth, and missed a mythic peer. Lennon might have been the only person Dylan knew who really understood what it was like to be Dylan.
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