Liz wrote:And Sands, you are always articulate
Thanks Liz. Just been thinking about it a bit more and it's given me a slightly different perspective on the whole 60's 'wave' actually. The thing is that everyone wanted to see Dylan as a part of that wave, 'spokesman of a generation' 'voice of today's youth' and all that and he was really uncomfortable with it. He just wanted to be himself and voice his own thoughts. But because people had forced that role on him, when he broke away from the whole folk scene and 'protest songs' to do his own thing people got really nasty with him and said he'd betrayed them, called him 'Judas' and stuff. As if they owned him. I actually remember my brother going to see him on that tour (1965 I think), when he first played electric, and coming home quite shaken at the animosity of the audience.
Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that this 'progressive' 60's generation were actually holding him back and trying to stop him from progressing, because it didn't fit in with their rigid idea of progression. So not only did he have to fight the 'old establishment' but also the 'new establishment' which was supposed to be fighting for freedom but had actually just built a different prison.
And I think to some extent that happened with the whole 60's scene. It wasn't just destroyed by outside forces but also from within. It's unwritten rules became as rigid as the ones it was supposed to be replacing. Questioning the accepted new 'radical' views on war, sex, feminism, the environment or whatever was just as taboo as questioning the traditional views had been. I remember this well and I found it very disturbing. I still do actually, because I can still see it all around me.
My intention has always been to open MORE doors, not to open one door and at the same time close another. That way the possibilities available to us might change but they never actually increase.
So maybe when something becomes a recognisable 'wave' it needs to break in order for real change to keep happening. Because once everyone's just riding the wave instead of swimming for themselves you've just got another status quo. Dylan was brave enough to swim against the tide and so was Hunter, and maybe that kind of individual bravery is worth a million people just riding the wave.
Sorry to rant, but this has really got my brain buzzing.
EDIT: Of course Johnny is another of those brave souls prepared to swim against the tide
'Well, it's a little difficult for me to tell right now because I'm kind of having a bad day'