Saturday, August 09, 2003

This from "a faithful blogee": In regard to Dylan and plagiarism, have you ever heard Woody's song, "Tom Joad"?
I think that's the title, and the whole long song is a rhyming synopsis of "The Grapes of Wrath."
I don't know that Woody ever formally acknowledged what he was up to, probably figuring
everybody would damn well know anyway. It was such a cool idea -- to sing a ballad about
a famous rebel, but to draw him from literature, not from life, like Frank Little or Joe Hill.
Critics of Dylan's folky "borrowing" are as out of touch as George Will, who doesn't "get"

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