[Eugene Volokh, September 18, 2006 at 2:25pm] Trackbacks
Is Bob Dylan the Sentencing Law and Policy of Music?
So reports Alex Long's [Insert Song Lyrics Here]: The Uses and Misuses of Popular Music Lyrics in Legal Writing. OK, the Sentencing Law and Policy connection is my own, but SL&P is by a huge margin the most-cited blog in court opinions, and by a smaller margin the most-cited in law review articles. (The 3L Epiphany data I cite is limited to citations of law blogs, but I'm assuming that non-law blogs are cited rather more rarely in such legal sources.) Likewise for Bob Dylan:
Special bonus implication -- we're the Beatles of law blogging, at least when it comes to court opinions and law review articles.
Artist Number of Citations in Legal Journals Number of Citations in Judicial Opinions Total 1. Bob Dylan 160 26 186 2. The Beatles 71 3 74 3. Bruce Springsteen 64 5 69 4. Paul Simon 51 8 59 5. Woody Guthrie 42 1 43 6. Rolling Stones 35 4 39 7. Grateful Dead 30 2 32 8. Simon & Garfunkel 26 4 30 9. Joni Mitchell 27 1 28 10. R.E.M. 27 0 27
Other artists narrowly missing the cut include Pink Floyd (26), Billy Joel (21), and Johnny Cash (21). The most notable absence, at least in terms of record sales and cultural significance, would be one Mr. Elvis Aron Presley.