Great Quotations: Steve Earle on Bob Dylan’s Songwriting

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“To do what he did and do it well, Bob was reading Beat poets and French poets and Shakespeare, not other songwriters’ lyrics. That’s why he was able to do something that hadn’t been done before.”

— Steve Earle (via Music Aficionado)

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