Who’s Bob Dylan?

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Paste Magazine, official music publication of missing contributor Father Scott, is celebrating the forthcoming release of a few CDs of Hüsker Dü rarities with a quickie poll.

The question: “Who is the greatest Minnesota music artist?”

The choices:

Hüsker Dü
Soul Asylum
The Hold Steady
The Replacements
Morris Day and the Time
Tapes ‘n Tapes
The Jayhawks


Conspicuously absent is Minnesota-bred Bob Dylan. I didn’t post this yesterday because I assumed it was some sort of oversight. But I checked again late last night (10:30 is late, right?) and the bizarre poll was still up without the most obvious choice.

I wonder if this is some sort of meta-statement from Paste that we’re in a strictly post-Dylan era now? Or maybe they threw this poll together without actually thinking it through.

Who is the greatest Minnesota music artist? [Paste]



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10 responses to “Who’s Bob Dylan?

  1. Perry Ellis

    Wow. That’s an amazing oversight — even I wouldn’t argue for the Hüskers over Mr. Zimmerman.

    And where the hell is the Padre these days, anyway? Was he tampled by a moos? Caught by the tides while digging clams? Called home for the potato harvest? You are needed in Paxland, my friend.

  2. He’s currently in DC at a Tony Robbins assertiveness training course.

  3. That is ridiculous. You could put all of those artists together collectively and they still pale in comparison to the greatness of Dylan.

  4. Perry Ellis

    Seriously. You could lump all the songs by all those people together and they wouldn’t add up to “Tangled Up in Blue,” let alone the rest of the Dylan catalog. And I’m talking as a die-hard fanatical booster of at least three of those bands.

    That said, here’s how the list should go:

    Top 20 Minnesota recording artists
    1 – Bob Dylan
    2 – Bob Dylan
    3 – Bob Dylan
    4 – Bob Dylan
    5 – Bob Dylan
    6 – Bob Dylan
    7 – Bob Dylan
    8 – Bob Dylan
    9 – Bob Dylan
    10 – Bob Dylan
    11 – Bob Dylan
    12 – Hüsker Dü
    13 – The Replacements
    14 – The Hold Steady
    15 – Soul Asylum
    16 – The Jayhawks
    17 – Prince
    18 – Morris Day and the Time
    19 – Atmosphere*
    20 – Tapes ‘n Tapes**

    *Who the fuck is Atmosphere?

  5. Perry Ellis

    One interesting note: Dylan is a second cousin of the late, great David Brudnoy, of whom myself, the Reverend E and Lucy were notably fond. The Rev. and I once had drinks with Calvin Trillin at Bruds’ place after he interviewed Trillin for his radio show. Both really classy, interesting and brilliant guys. I miss Bruds.

  6. Perry Ellis

    Oh, and those “rarities” that prompted the poll? Not so rare:


  7. Tapes ‘n Tapes isn’t bad. Way better than Soul Asylum or the Jayhawks in my estimation.

  8. I’m going with the wisdom of the crowd on this one and voting for Bob.

    And since we are now all firmly in Bob’s camp and fans to be sure, I thought I’d introduce your readers to my new novel, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, which I think they’d enjoy.

    It’s a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven’s door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture…

    Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they’re all characters in Bob’s songs.

    You can get a copy on Amazon.com or go “behind the tracks” at http://www.bloodonthetracksnovel.com to learn more about the book.

  9. I gotta say Tom, that book sounds really shitty.

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