Joe Satriani Has The Perfect Response To Bob Dylan's Critique Of His Music

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

November 22, 2022

Beloved guitar virtuoso and all-around nice guy Joe Satriani was among a handful of artists apparently slighted by Bob Dylan in Dylan's new book, Philosophy of the Modern Song.

The singer-songwriting icon and Nobel Prize winner Dylan mentions Satch by name in a passage in which he praises the simple brilliance of Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart."

"Each phrase goes hand in hand with the voice," Dylan writes. "[But] if Hank was to sing this song and you have somebody like Joe Satriani playing the answer licks to the vocal, like they do in a lock of blues bands, it just wouldn't work and would be a waste of a great song."

Upon perusing the book, Rolling Stone reached out to Satch and a few other artists Dylan mentions in unflattering terms.

Satriani, who has a reputation for being one of the most mild-mannered rock legends to come out of the '80s, replied to Dylan's writing with surprise and light-hearted reverence.

"Bob Dylan knows my name?" he asked upon being informed of the passage in question.

Satch then added: "I think the great Hank Williams and I could have sorted things out and made some great music together."

When Satriani later shared a screenshot from the Rolling Stone article via Instagram, his old Chickenfoot bandmate Sammy Hagar waded into the comments section, joking, "I think maybe Bob doesn't like Joe's lyrics."

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