Dylan Early Favorite for Classic Rock Artist of the Decade

Columbia Records 2009

Columbia Records 2009

I’m not looking forward to hearing Dylan croak his way through Christmas songs, but like everyone else, I was surprised to hear of Christmas in the Heart’s imminent release.

Bob Dylan is on a bullet train to being named Earbender’s Classic Rock Artist of the Decade. In the next few months, it will be tough for anyone to top his momentum, but I won’t close the competition until New Year’s Eve. Despite his deteriorating vocal quality, the creative merit of his work (Love and Theft; Modern Times; Chronicles Vol. 1) has been excellent.

Additionally, his catalog-based work, like the Bootleg Series reissues, films like No Direction Home and the vastly underrated Masked and Anonymous and concert tours is peerless, especially in its marketing via the net, most specifically Bob Dylan’s own page. In a world of “Dylan-ologists,” his own site has the minutae to trump the geekiest site yet still reel in young people with plenty of songs and content to introduce an inexperienced listener. They also throw in some weird/surreal surprises like the Victoria’s Secret ad.

Meanwhile, as we speak, we are witnessing an excellent game of catch up by The Beatles. With only a few weeks in the decade left, their video game will make a massive dent on my evaluations.

What classic rock artists should challenge Bob Dylan and the Beatles for Earbender Classic Rock Artist of the Decade? U2? Aerosmith? The Boss?

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