Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964

The music industry had shifted, too, largely thanks to Dylan. In his liner notes, Colin Escott walks through the system that produced the demos, which were pitched at leading other artists to cover Dylan’s songs, a method employed by professional songwriters everywhere with the ultimate aim of collecting royalties from other people’s recording success. But Dylan’s success as an interpreter of his own material helped make that system obsolete, and as others followed his example, popular music became increasingly dominated by artists who recorded their own work. The story behind the story here is that of a kid who tries to break into the songwriting game, and breaks it in the process.

via Bob Dylan: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9) | Music | Review | The A.V. Club.

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