BOB DYLAN, LITERATURE & THE POETRY OF THE BLUES.
21:00 - 23:59
.“BOB DYLAN, LITERATURE & THE POETRY OF THE BLUES.” - an evening with writer Michael Gray More one-man show than a lecture, the author of “The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia” and “Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan “ a definitive study of Bob Dylan’s 50-year body of work and more - uses a surprising selection of great records and rare video footage to show how hugely Nobel prize winner Dylan has been inspired by the blues and how much of its poetry has been smuggled inside his own, highly influential, writing. This is more a one-man show than a talk. The author of "Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan" - the definitive study of Dylan’s 40-year body of work - uses a surprising selection of great records to show how hugely Dylan has been inspired by the blues and how much of its poetry has been smuggled inside Dylan’s own work. Poet Laureate Andrew Motion named Gray’s huge study "Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan" as one of the best three books of the year . At over 900 pages (and in it’s 4th reprint) well over 100 of these pages are taken up with a mind-blowing chapter on Dylan & the blues. It is the classic work in its field. Michael Gray’s book has earned truly exceptional reviews. Called ‘magnificent’ (Record Collector), ‘overwhelming’ (The Times), ‘endlessly illuminating’ (Rolling Stone) and ‘essential’ (Folk Roots), it gained 5-star reviews in Q and Uncut, Greil Marcus admired ‘Gray’s reach, tone and acuity’ and called the book’s research ‘amazing’, while Christopher Ricks called the book ‘wonderfully comic and serious and sharp’ and ‘monumentally illuminating’. It was a “Paperback of the Week” in The Observer . The book may be immense but there’s nothing dry or academic about Michael’s talks. On the topic ‘Bob Dylan & the History of Rock’n’Roll’ he has been a sell-out on American college campuses and in the UK & Ireland at bookshops, libraries, festivals, arts theatres and arts centres. Michael Gray’s talks on ‘Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues’ are always lively, witty and acute, and mix surprising slices of music and video/DVD with a thoroughly entertaining, fresh account of music history and Dylan’s part in it. When Michael came to Ireland a few years back to do his talk on "Bob Dylan & The History Of Rock & Roll” did eight events in nine days, and packed out Whelan’s in Dublin on a rainy Tuesday night . He sold over 200 copies of "Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan” during that tour QUOTES:"Happily the keynote address from author Michael Gray provided a warm, entertaining, and highly amusing lecture (largely without notes)."(The Sixties - A journal of History, Politics & Culture) "Dylan fans poured out of the woodwork, young and old, for what proved to be not only a brilliantly researched talk but a highly entertaining evening with rare video footage and little known songs interjected. A perfect show - clever, funny and fresh."(Colchester Arts Centre., U.K) " It was great - really great!"Steve Harley (of Cockney Rebel) “Michael Gray, the world’s foremost Bob Dylanologist, is telling people how it really is. Entertaining with wit and insight, Gray is clearly enjoying himself.”(Sunday Tribune, Ireland) “Good-humoured and insightful, Gray is an engaging speaker Everything in his well constructed and well-delivered performance was done from memory and Gray is a masterful communicator”(Ulster TV) “Michael Gray’s event was the highlight of the festival“.(Programme Director, Sedbergh Book Festival, UK) “Michael Gray not only attracted a substantial audience for each of his two talks, he held them rapt. People were raving for weeks afterwards.”(Director, Shetland Arts Festival, Scotland) “A highly entertaining evening with rare video footage and little known songs interjected. A perfect show - clever, funny and fresh.”(Colchester Arts Centre) “This was the best-selling event of the festival“.(Canterbury Festival, 2012) “He is a very engaging speaker, an entertainer at heart for all his impressive credentials. It’s a pity he doesn’t have a weekly TV show. He has a wonderful facility for fishing up the right words. His talk sounded both well-rehearsed and freshly improvised.”(Ann Arbor Observer, reporting on Michael’s University of Minnesota reading) “Everyone that came to the reading was riveted. I still hear great things.”(Director, McDuffie Museum, Georgia)