Eyolf Ostrem is the self
proclaimed musicologist who has without Bob Dylan's knowledge
permission or awareness taken on the task of refuting James Damiano's
expert musicologist Dr. Greene who graduated Magma Cum Laud from
Mr. Ostrem must believe that
Bob Dylan can not afford a musicologist. We have on numerous times
invited Mr. Ostrem to come and debate the issues of fact with us yet he
We have been in correspondence with him in music forums in front of many people and he suggested we go into private messaging.
The following correspondence has occurred between James Damiano and Eyold Ostrem and James Damiano
Eyolf Ostrem, the self proclaimed, tone deaf wanna be Dylan musicologist is afraid to
come here an debate the issues of fact in the Dylan / Damiano
plagiarism, law suit. So let me cite a few facts. Dylan or his attorneys
have paid people in the past to follow Damiano around the internet and
make derogatory remarks against Damiano. It is probable that Mr.
Ostrem is one of them.
fact Mr. Ostrem left out is that Dr. Greene's analysis was corroborated
by Sebastian Courrier from Julliard and by John Bon Jovi's piano
teacher Harold Frazee from Berkley School of Music. So the only
conclusion left is that Eyolf Ostrem is truly tone deaf. like I said his
music supports that theory.
I am also
sure that with all
Dylan's money he could have found a musicologist with "scholarly"
credentials to present a comparative analysis to refute Dr. Greene's
analysis if it were possible, however no musicologist has ever been
presented. Reason being is that the two songs in question "Dignity" and
"Steel Guitars" contain the exact melodic arc as per Dr. Greene.
The closest thing I could see that might fit the bill
is Mr. Ostrem but that would be impossible due to his impaired audio
perception and I doubt Dylan would ever deal officially with Mr. Ostrem.
Mr. Ostrem refuses to comment on any of the statements published on Mr.
Damiano's website and that have been officially produced to the court
and that were also uncontested by Dylan himself such as the following
"It is judicially uncontested by Bob Dylan and
or Bob Dylan’s law firms Manatt, Phelps & Phillips , Parcher Hayes
& Snyder, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hecker Brown and Sherry, and
Sony House Counsel that Bob Dylan and people in Bob Dylan’s entourage
have solicited James Damiano’s songs and music for a period of over ten
years and eleven months.
The fact that Mr. Ostem will not
recognize the fact or comment on the above statement reveals his
hypocrisy. I would also venture to say that Mr. Ostrem would also like
to turn a deaf ear to the following statement and continue his crusade
of bias against Damiano.
Again Mr. Ostrem refuses to
address Damiano's published statement that has been produced to the
court "The evidence in the Bob Dylan James Damiano Plagiarism Law suit
was so incriminating to Bob Dylan that he entered a motion for a
confidentiality order which was granted by Judge Joel B. Rosen and
enforced by Judge Jerome B. Simandle designating all discovery materials
confidential. Same behavior one would expect from Communist China."
So whoever get's the privileged opportunity to communicate with the "scholarly" Mr. Ostrem please have him address the mentioned issues in this message. Then we can go on to debate even more pertinent issues.
My bet is that Mr. Ostrem will not post this note on his website because he is trying to hide the truth.
but not least Mr. Ostrem has made derogatory comments about Damiano's
lawsuit against Dylan, has deleted Damiano's website link off his
website and blocked Damiano from posting any facts that support
Damiano's case. This is Eyolf Ostrem's definition of scholarly debate.
Ostrem has also blocked Damiano from his facebook page. On top of it all Mr. Ostrem threatened to sue Damiano for calling him a weasel................ imagine that.
Eyolf Ostrem refused to include the link below on his website