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
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