In this second episode in our Series on the new Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan (Vol.1) we talk to author Michael Gray about Chapter Two: Dylan and The Literary Tradition. We talk about the influence both classical english writers as well as both early and modern American writers had on Dylan, and what he came to do with that influence.
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As in the prior episode, we’ll listen to passages from the book and then Michael comments, adds new thoughts, and answers questions. The book selections for Chapter Two are read in this episode by Allison Rapp, a music writer based in New York.
The Song & Dance Man book was first released in 1972 in the UK, and 1973 in the US. It was updated twice before, in the early 80’s and late 90’s – eventually growing to over 900 pages. It’s been loved by Dylan Scholars and fans for all these decades – The Observer (London) Said: “A mammoth work of scholarship, often enthralling and never less than illuminating.” After over a decade out of print, is is being re-issued in three volumes for it’s 50th Anniversary – with the full text and extensive footnotes of the Third Edition reproduced in full.
- Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan Vol.1 (Amazon)
- Pt 1 of this Podcast Series – Chapter One: Dylan and Folk Music
- Song & Dance Man – Book Website
- Michael Gray Website
- Pod Dylan – Michael Gray on ‘Too Late’
- Music Books Podcast – Michal Gray on Song & Dance Man
- Allison Rapp – Website
- Allison Rapp – Writing
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