Dylan scholar Michael Gray to speak on April 14

***This event has been canceled. Stay tuned to iowacitybookfestival.org for updates.

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.