Calling Bob Dylan "the greatest songwriter" borders on cultural blasphemy
Probably the most culturally ignorant statement ever to come off of the pages of the “Entertainment” section of AnnArbor.com, and, for that matter, the Ann Arbor News, before it, (which is saying quite a bit), is the statement, by writer Kevin Ransom in the Sunday, Oct. 24, “Entertainment” section of AnnArbor.com, in which Ransom says that Bob Dylan is “the greatest songwriter and most important popular music artist, of the past 60 to 70 years.”
That makes Dylan greater than Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, John Lewis (the Modern Jazz Quartet), Dave Brubeck, and countless others. This hits a new low (or, rather, high) in cultural and historical ignorance. In fact, it borders on cultural blasphemy.
Dan R. Eller Head, First Pentecostal School of Music of Jesus Christ, Ypsilanti