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Initial post: Aug 30, 2009 9:45:27 AM PDT

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 9:54:33 AM PDT
Uncle Bob, yes, without a doubt.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 10:57:50 AM PDT
Marty Milton says:
I grew up in the 60s so it is Bob Dylan for me.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 11:06:18 AM PDT
Bryan Moore says:
As songwriter, duh!, but as performer, I'd go with the Boss.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2009 11:22:05 AM PDT
E. Dill says:

Even though I've only seen Bruce "perform" on screen, I think Bryan makes a good point. Dylan is a charismatic performer mostly because of the sound of his voice and his lyrics. When he was a young man in Greenwich Village, he was a bit of a character.....often referred to as Chaplinesque, but that changed over the years rather quickly.

From all I can tell and hear from others, Bruce is/was a monster performer.

So call it Dylan for songwriting and recording and Bruce for live performance.


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2009 12:00:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 30, 2009 12:01:23 PM PDT
doodah man says:
As a creative songwriter/stylist, I go with Dylan.
As a performer with energy and pizazz, gotta give it to Bruce.

Would Dylan ever do a 4 hr. concert? Doubtful. Bruce seemed to want to sing for the people.
Dylan just seemed to have disdain for people. Maybe not in reality, but that's how he came off.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2009 12:27:31 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 30, 2009 2:06:31 PM PDT
i was very lucky to see dylan in his grenwich village days as i am from nyc, i never saw bruce live and im ashamed of that .....but for me on record dylan's work outshines bruce but as bruce got older he has become somewhat like dylan....his songs more reflective...but as a body of work i still go with zimmy over bruce..

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 2:29:34 PM PDT
Dylan, definitely

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 5:28:18 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Depends on what criteria you use for the comparison. I agree with most of the comments already made. Dylan surfaced in the music scene at a time of great social change and he became an influential force that facilitated that 'change'.

I too have seen Bruce live and it was an electric performance with his entourage, Little Stevie et al. He has written some moving songs and seems to be unpretentious and passionate about what he does.

Chalk and Cheese. (Sorry)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2009 12:05:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2009 12:06:17 AM PDT
What do it mean to be "over the years rather quickly?"

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 12:13:59 AM PDT
Really, though; BD was officially named Poet Laureate of the nation while the Boss was still striving for mediocrity... Bruce is a nice guy and all, paying for Bubbles' cancer treatment out of his own pocket and flipping the bill for an untold number of Club 81 runs, and his songs are veritable anthems of the seventies; but BD still takes the cake for poignancy and the ability to turn mere words into mental imagery.

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2009 3:06:34 AM PDT
same thing for me, though I do like Bruce, Bob is my number one for sure, but to be fair Bob Dylan has a lot more decade behind him and we know now that he has pass the test of time, I mean his music, we will only know much later on with Bruce how he will or not influence the future song writer.

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 4:38:02 AM PDT
gesegnet says:
If the Boss had been performing in the 60's we wouldn't even have this discussion, the only reason Zimmy is even considered is because he is an "icon." There is no comparison, Stereo Review put it best years ago, while Dylan's lyrics are interesting in an drug addled way, the Boss's lyrics hit home with a reality that Dylan could never reach.

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Posted on Aug 31, 2009 9:58:25 AM PDT
G.F. Nottle says:
Even Bruce would put Bob ahead on this ( Bob would too)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2009 12:24:24 AM PST
dss says:
gesegnet says:
"while Dylan's lyrics are interesting in an drug addled way, the Boss's lyrics hit home with a reality that Dylan could never reach. "

Comments like these are completely off the mark. Do you really think songs like Simple Twist of Fate and Like a Rolling Stone don't hit home for millions of people? Songs like Knocking on Heavens Door and Forever Young keep turning up in movies and in tributes because they speak to universal feelings. And he keeps on going... Things Have Changed, Workingmans Blues and on and on.

There is no question on this thread... so I guess everybody has their own criteria. I was a big fan of Springsteen's through the mid 80s. Saw him a couple times in concert and he put on great shows. But he seems to have lost something. I guess I could never get into his acoustic stuff. Dylan is still putting out top albums and writing insightful songs. So hes got my vote.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 1:19:58 AM PST
AROR says:

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 2:38:15 AM PST
Robert frickin Zimmerman. He's a legend! He's an American hero!

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 2:52:58 AM PST
7 & 7 IS says:
Dylan in every aspect across the board! (All due respect to Springsteen *****)

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 9:40:21 PM PST
Dylan. No question about it. Ten times out of ten.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2009 9:47:56 PM PST
" you can call me bobby, you can call me zimmy...."

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 10:35:50 PM PST
W.H. says:

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 11:31:57 PM PST
J. Resh says:
DYLAN! It will forever be Bob Dylan. He is the greatest artist in the history of mankind. No joke. Nobody comes close to him. If I had to choose between saving my family or Bob Dylan from death, I would pick Dylan every time. If I was a woman, I would want Bob Dylan's child. If I had the choice to either listen to only 1 Bob Dylan song for the rest of my life and nothing else, or never listen to Dylan and listen to anything else freely, I would pick the 1 Dylan song. Am I making myself clear on how incredible Bob Dylan is? I have never heard a "bad" song by Bob Dylan, and I've heard every one of his works of art in my short, 18-year life. Here's my top 5 list of all-time greatest artists/bands:
1.) Bob Dylan
2.) Bob Dylan
3.) Boston
4.) Bob Dylan
5.) Led Zeppelin
Yeah, that's right, Boston is on the list. They're better than Bruce too! But still, Dylan is a boss, baller, and god (of music).
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