In this third episode in our Series on the new book release Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan (Vol.1) we talk to author Michael Gray about Chapter Three: Dylan and Rock Music. We discuss the influence the early Rock & Roll performers had on Dylan. Things he heard over those distant AM Radio signals in his youth: Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Presley – among others.
As in the prior episodes, 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 Paul Metsa, a musician and author from Minnesota.
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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.
ABOUT PAUL METSA
Huffington Post called Paul Metsa “the other great folksinger from Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range.” He is a critically acclaimed songwriter, winner of 7 MN Music Awards, has 12 original recording projects, and has performed over 5,000 shows. He is also an author, of 3 books including being the co-author of Blood in the Tracks (The Minnesota Musicians Behind Dylan’s Masterpiece) on the UofMN Press imprint out on 9/12/23
- Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan Vol.1 (Amazon)
- Song & Dance Man – Book Website
- Michael Gray Website
- Pod Dylan – Michael Gray on ‘Too Late’
- Music Books Podcast – Michal Gray on Song & Dance Man
- Paul Metsa Website
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