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An Evening With Writer Michael Gray

This is more a one-man show than a talk. The author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia and Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan  -  definitive studies of Dylan’s 45-year body of work and more  -  uses a surprising selection of great records and rare footage to show how hugely Dylan has been inspired by the blues  -  especially the pre-war blues  -  and how much of its poetry has been smuggled inside his own writing.

Andrew Motion named Song & Dance Man III as one of the best three books of 2000. It had 5-star reviews in Q and Uncut. Greil Marcus admired ‘Gray’s reach, tone and acuity’ and called its research ‘amazing’. Christopher Ricks called it ‘wonderfully comic and serious and sharp’ and ‘monumentally illuminating’.

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, 2006, was Book of the Week in The Guardian. The Dylan Daily website declared it 'the most important Bob Dylan book, bar none.'

His new book, Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell (Bloomsbury, July 2007), not only reveals the amazing story of McTell himself but proves Michael's own love of the pre-war blues and makes a distinctive, valuable contribution to its study.

Michael Gray’s events are always lively, spontaneous and acute, using loud music and rare footage.

What the British and Irish press says about his performances:
    "Michael Gray is a witty, effusive, self-deprecating speaker.
     A wonderful eye-opener of an evening."
    "Clever, funny and fresh."
    "A stimulating insight into rock music's premier singer-songwriter."
    "Michael Gray is a masterful speaker."

Wed May 23rd at 8pm
Bath International Music Festival

The Little Theatre, St. Michael’s Place, Bath BA1 1SF

Tickets £9 (concessions £8)
Festival Box Office: 01225-463362

Sat June 9th at 8pm
Jersey Arts Centre

Phillips Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE2 4SW

Tickets £9 (students £5)
Box Office: 01534-700444

Sat July 7th at7.30pm
Bristol Arnolfini
Arnolfini Arts Centre, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA

Tickets £6 (concessions £4.50)
Box Office: 0117 917 2300

Check out Michael's essay: Ghost Trains of the Mississippi

Check out Michael's new book:
HAND ME MY TRAVELIN' SHOES: In Search of Blind Willie McTell

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