Dis­cov­er­ing the lit­er­ary links to Dy­lan’s ge­nius

Writer Michael Gray heads to Scot­land with his show on how rock leg­end brought it all back home

The Herald Magazine - - Arts FEATURE - JOHN NEIL MUNRO

FOR al­most 60 years Bob Dy­lan has been writ­ing mem­o­rable, mys­te­ri­ous and oc­ca­sion­ally just plain daft lyrics. His words have in­spired ro­mance and rev­o­lu­tion, and he’s rightly con­sid­ered one of the great­est writ­ers of mod­ern times .... and he has a No­bel award to prove it.

But what writ­ers and books have in­flu­enced this one-time stu­dent drop-out who gave up on lit­er­a­ture stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota af­ter just one se­mes­ter?

Critic, writer, and broad­caster Michael Gray is the man with the an­swers. He has writ­ten a cou­ple of de­fin­i­tive books about Dy­lan and this month he vis­its Scot­land to talk about Dy­lan’s lit­er­ary links.

Gray first saw the star play live in his home town of Liver­pool in 1966. He has since seen him in con­cert “many dozen times” and has amassed thou­sands of Dy­lan’s record­ings.

Gray’s re­search has seen him travel to

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