New York: Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan defended himself Thursday against suggestions that he plagiarized some of his lyrics, calling accusers complaining “wussies.”
“Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff. It’s an old thing,” Dylan, 71, said in an interview to be published Friday in Rolling Stone magazine.
Dylan, whose 35th studio album “Tempest” went on sale Tuesday, said that borrowing, or quoting, from sources as diverse as Japanese author Junichi Saga and American Civil War poet Henry Timrod was normal for folk musicians.
“Yeah, in folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition. That certainly is true. It’s true for everybody, but me. There are different rules for me,” he said in a bitterly angry rebuttal.
Dylan, a Christian, said he was also hated for having switched from his early acoustic guitar days to the electric guitar and was slandered as a “Judas,” the Biblical figure who betrayed Jesus Christ.
“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 m(expletive) can rot in hell.”
Dylan insisted that he was “working within my art form. It’s that simple. I work within the rules and limitations of it… It’s called songwriting. It has to do with melody and rhythm, and then after that, anything goes. You make everything yours. We all do it.”
In 2011, Dylan, who also paints, faced uncomfortable questions over works supposedly painted during travels across Asia but which appeared to have been copied image for image from photographs taken by other people.
Updated at: 07 December 2013
Pak cricket team to spend the day practicing in Sharjah today SHARJAH: Pakistan cricket team arrived a day ahead of its one T20 match against Afghanistan and later series against Sri Lanka to spend the day (Friday) practicing at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Geo News reported
The national team’s T20 Captain, Mohammad Hafeez, who had stayed behind for some personal reason, also left for Dubai today.
The national team will play a one off match against Afghanistan with T20 format on 8th December (Sunday), while it will spend the day (Friday) practicing ...
Updated at: 07 December 2013
The wait is over: Pakistan Idol begins Friday KARACHI: The wait is finally over, as Pakistan Idol, the country’s biggest musical contest, is all set to begin from Friday night on Geo TV.
The first episode of the country’s biggest musical hunt will be telecast at 9 PM Friday.
The panel of judges will comprise renowned artists Ali Azmat, Hadiqa Kiyani and Bushra Ansari. ...
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In a ... Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed being remembered today Lahore: Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, who was awarded Pakistan’s highest
military decoration, is being remembered today (Friday) on his 23th martyrdom anniversary.
Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed was also an elder brother of chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif.
Major General Sajjad Ali ... LB polls: electioneering ends in Balochistan, polling on Saturday QUETTA: Election campaign for local bodies elections ended at 12:00 midnight today and the polling will be held on Saturday.
All arrangements have been completed for LB elections 2013 scheduled to be held on Dec 07.
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According to sources, ... Courts to perform much better for rule of law after my retirement: CJ ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed hope that after his retirement on December 11, the courts would perform much better for the rule of law and supremacy of constitution, Geo News reported.
The chief justice was addressing the participants of farewell dinner, hosted ...