Bob Dylan Lashes Out at His Critics
When asked about those who have criticized him for allegedly plagiarizing other artists in his lyrics, Dylan stated that "quotation is a rich and enriching tradition" in jazz and folk music. His response quickly turned rather harsh, however, as he added, "Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff."
From there, he reminisced about those who criticized him for switching to electric guitar in 1965. "These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me," he continued. "Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you've been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified. All those evil motherfuckers can rot in hell."
He added that songwriting "has to do with melody and rhythm, and then after that, anything goes. You make everything yours. We all do it."
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