Canceled: Dylan scholar Michael Gray to speak April 14

NOTE: This event has been canceled.

Michael Gray, a pioneer in the study of the work of Bob Dylan, will present “Bob Dylan, Literature, and the Poetry of the Blues” at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event, presented by the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature’s Iowa City Book Festival, is free and open to the public, and marks Gray’s first visit to Iowa and a rare appearance in the U.S.

Gray pioneered the serious study of Bob Dylan’s work with, Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan, in 1972, the first such critical book. Born in 1946, he grew up on Merseyside, England, and studied History and English Literature at York University, where he chatted with visiting performer Jimi Hendrix. His books include the massively updated Song & Dance Man III (2000), The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (2006), Hand Me My Travelin Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell (2009), and the new Outtakes On Bob Dylan: Selected Writings 1967-2021. The 750,000-word Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, produced single-handedly by Gray, is still in frequent use in colleges and libraries on both sides of the Atlantic.

Gray’s lectures are lively and spontaneous, witty and acute, and offer a thoroughly entertaining, fresh account of music and Dylan’s achievement.

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