Thoughts on: Bob Dylan – “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Live 1966 The “Royal Albert Hall” concert

Bob Dylan may be one of the most divisive and polarizing of the modern American music titans. Even among fans, you will find dissent. Many of the diehard followers can point to at least one phase of his career that they view as not just a misstep, but a waste of his talent and time. He is an artist that seems to revel and welcome this discourse. I can think of only three other American solo artists who approach his level of influence and importance to not only music, but popular culture: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong. Sure, there are any number of names just outside my final four that make strong cases – Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Loretta Lynn, John Coltrane and Hank Williams to name a few – but Armstrong, Cash, Dylan and Elvis were wholly unique and transform...

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