Damn, but that Dylan ad for Victoria's Secret is HILARIOUS. I've complained for years that Dylan had lost his sense of humor. He hasn't done a good "Rainy Day Woman" or "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" in decades, but this ad makes up for a lot of it.
Look at his meaningful scowl for the supermodel in underwear and angel wings. Dylan IS the master thespian. Acting? Genius!
Yet, this silly ad has really and truly hurt the feelings of a lot of people. They've been somehow let down. Dylan has sold out.
Now Dylan is a whore. He's in it for the money. He sold his soul to the corporate machine.
I don't understand how, exactly. Is there anyone who thinks for a second that Dylan will somehow pull his punches on the next album to avoid offending a sponsor, or something like that? Dylan?
First, what does this phrase "selling out" even mean, and why exactly is it bad?
What exactly constitutes this terrible crime of selling out? What are singers and songwriters allowed to do to "legitimately" make a dollar on their music, and when does it become an offense against the proletariat, or something?
Is it "selling out" when a singer takes money to play a live concert? If he takes requests from the audience, does that constitute selling out? "FREE BIRD!!!!" Maybe you were going to play some song you wrote yourself, but gave in to the demands of the paying public to play a familiar cover. Is that bad?
Apparently, making an album is allowed, and NOT considered selling out, even if you manage to actually get paid. Are you selling out, though, if you take a suggestion from the record company to bring in some-and-such producer, or to cover some-and-such song?