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Bob Dylan dismisses plagiarism claims

  • Bob Dylan has rejected claims he plagiarized artists during his career and failed to properly credit his sources.

    "Wussies and pussies complain about that stuff," the musician told Rolling Stone magazine.

    "In folk and jazz, quotation is a rich and enriching tradition. It's true for everybody but me. There are different rules for me."

    The 71-year-old was accused of using the work of Henry Timrod, a 19th Century poet who died in 1867, on his 2006 album Modern Times.

    His 2001 album, Love and Theft, allegedly included passages similar to lines from Confessions of a Yakuza, a gangster novel by little known Japanese author Junichi Saga.

    "As far as Henry Timrod is concerned, have you even heard of him? Who's been reading him lately? And who's pushed him to the forefront?" he said,

    "If you think it's so easy to quote him and it can help your work, do it yourself and see how far you can get."

    Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in 1941 and began his musical career in 1959.

    His stage name is derived from the poet Dylan Thomas.

    Much of his best-known work was produced in the 1960s with tracks such as Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin'.

    Dylan's 35th studio album, Tempest, was released earlier this week.