No way. Not if the Dylan Fest was anything to go by. And certainly not in the minds of people who give a damn about music. Music with a message. Music with meaning. Great music. Music with a context.
You can get your music anywhere these days - in your cornflakes - on your phone, your watch, your glasses. Your cat probably has his own channel on iâ¤Radio. Your refridgerator is probably humming along to Daft Punk right now.
Music is everywhere - cheap, free, disposable, virtual, ephemeral; and that's why Bob Dylan still resonates - he didn't build "one play & throw away" obsolescence into his music - it has an infinite shelf life.
Fran from Travis talks Dylan Fest on TodayFm
The magical spirit of His Bobness was brought alive at Dylan Fest; even if the mobile sound (in the top video) is a trifle close to Dylan's early devil-may-care electro-sonic arson attacks with The Band.
Many artists have made pale attempts to imitate Dylan's music - there are a few bug-eyed photocopies floating around on the scene at the moment, 50 years too late - but very few have come even close. Fran Healy from Travis has been speaking to Tony Fenton about Dylan Fest & you can listen here.
Kill all the Hippies
What does Bob Dylan mean to you? Did you but his album Tempest last year?
Maybe you think it's just a load of old hat - nostalgia - HIPPIE MUSIC - irrelevant in this day and age?
If you want more Dylan - or not - post your demands in the comments below.
"It's peculiar and unnerving in a way to see so many young people walking around with cellphones and iPods in their ears and so wrapped up in media and video games. It robs them of their self-identity. It's a shame to see them so tuned out to real life. Of course they are free to do that, as if that's got anything to do with freedom. The cost of liberty is high, and young people should understand that before they start spending their life with all those gadgets."
Here's the young Bob Dylan playing the songs that started it all, way back in 1963-4 when the internet was only available in black and white.