Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 14:32:03 -0500
From: Alan Baragona baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VAX.VMI.EDU
I thought this might be appropriate in light of the recent Kennedy
Center award ceremony. My daughter was surfing the Web and came across
the term "Dylanist," defined as follows by a 12 year old girl:
"Dylanists are musicians who's songs are nonsense when analyzed.
Mainly, Dylanist music sticks in your head and drives you nuts."
Frankly, I'd never seen the word before and would've assumed a
"Dylanist" was someone who studied Bob Dylan. But a quick Web-search
turned up a different definition. Anne McCaffrey's sci-fi novel _The
Ship Who Sang_ says this:
"A Dylanist is a social commentator, a protester, using music as a
weapon, a stimulus. A skilled Dylanist ... can make so compelling an
argument with melody and words that what he wants to say becomes
insinuated into the sub-conscious... You can imagine how effective that
is when you're proselytizing for a cause."
There is also a novel by Brian Morton called _The Dylanist_, but I can't
find anything else about it.
So is anyone familiar with this term and its usage?