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Sunday, October 20, 2013

ONCE-IN-BLUE-MOON POST TO LIST MY OWN UPCOMING GIGS


MONDAY NOVEMBER 4: GRANTHAM, LINCS audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll
Guildhall Arts Centre St. Peters Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ
7.30pm; tickets £10, concessions £8 buy tickets, and more info here 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6: NEWPORT, S. WALES audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll
Studio Theatre The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport NP20 1HG
7.45pm; tickets £11; buy tickets, and more info here 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8: BLANDFORD FORUM audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset
7.30pm; private gig; David Jones Lecture Theatre
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9: DORCHESTER audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll 
Dorchester Arts Centre School Lane, The Grove Dorchester DT1 1XR
8pm; tickets £10, concessions £8; buy tickets, and more info here 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10: EXETER audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll
 Exeter Phoenix Voodoo Lounge Bradninch Place, Gandy Street Exeter EX4 3LS
8pm; £10, concessions £8; buy tickets, and more info here 

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 12: HALESWORTH, SUFFOLK audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll
 The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY Box Office 0845 673 2123
7.30pm; tickets £10; buy tickets, and more info here 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14: LEAMINGTON SPA audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
LAMP [Leamington Live Art & Music Project] Riverside, Adelaide Rd, Royal Leamington Spa
8pm; tickets £10; buy tickets, and more info here 

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16: BELFAST audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll
Crescent Arts Centre 2-4 University Road, Belfast BT7 1NH
8pm; £10, concessions £8; buy tickets, and more info here 

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20: BURY, LANCS audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the History of Rock'n'Roll
The Met, Market St., Bury BL9 0BW
8pm; £10; buy tickets, and more info here 

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21: HELMSLEY, ENGLAND audio-visually illustrated talk:
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
Helmsley Arts Centre The Old Meeting House, Meeting House Court Helmsley, North Yorkshire
7.30pm; £9, concessions £8; buy tickets, and more info here

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

BOB DYLAN & THE POETRY OF THE BLUES TOUR!

In an attempt to reach the parts other blogs can't reach, I'm reviving this blog for this one new post:

So. Here's the full itinerary of my UK October 2012 tour, which is about to begin. Not quite every date is BOB DYLAN & THE POETRY OF THE BLUES...:

THURSDAY OCTOBER 4
ISLAND ARTS CENTRE, NORTHERN IRELAND
Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL
Box Office: 028 92 509509
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

8pm; tickets £10, £8, on sale now by phone:
their website seems irredeemably broken so please book via the Box Office

FRIDAY OCTOBER 5
DOWN ARTS CENTRE, NORTHERN IRELAND
Down Arts Centre, 2-6 Irish Street, Downpatrick,
Down BT30
6BP, UK
Box Office 028 4461 0747
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

8pm; tickets £10, £8, on sale now

SATURDAY OCTOBER 6
CRESCENT ARTS CENTRE, BELFAST
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road
Belfast BT7 1NH
Box Office 028 9024 2338 or online

Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage
8pm; tickets £10, £7, on sale now


FRIDAY OCTOBER 12
THE TOLBOOTH, SCOTLAND
The Tolbooth Arts Centre
Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE
Box Office 01786 274000
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage
8pm; tickets £10, £8 on sale now


SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
PAISLEY MUSEUM, SCOTLAND

Paisley Museum, 60 High Street
Paisley PA1 2BA
0141 889 3151
Working with Gerry Rafferty

lunchtime talk
12.30pm; free admission

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13
PAISLEY ARTS CENTRE, SCOTLAND
Paisley Arts Centre, New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Box Office 0141 887 1010
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

7.30pm; tickets £10, £6 on sale now

TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
GUILDHALL THEATRE, DERBY
Guildhall Theatre
Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH
Box Office 01332 255800 or online
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues

talk with loud music and rare footage
7.30pm;
£13.25, £11.25 (but cheaper online) on sale now

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17
THE MET, BURY
The Met, Market Street, Bury, Lancs BL9 0BW
Box Office 0161 761 2216 or online
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage
8pm; tickets £10 on sale now

THURSDAY OCTOBER 18
GALA, DURHAM
Gala Durham, 1 Millennium Place, Town Centre,
Durham DH1 1WA
Box Office 0191 332 4041
or online

 Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

7.45pm; tickets £15 on sale now

FRIDAY OCTOBER 19
QUEEN'S HALL, HEXHAM
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 3LS
Box Office 01434 652477 or online here
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

7.30pm; tickets £10; on sale now

MONDAY OCTOBER 22
UNIVERSITY OF YORK

The Berrick Saul Auditorium
Humanities Research Centre
University of York

Heslington, York YO10 5DD 
Bringing It All Back Home: York’s Pioneer of Dylan Studies
6.30pm; free public admission but by ticket;

ticket details here

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24
CANTERBURY FESTIVAL 2012
Canterbury Festival,
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge,
The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2EH

Box Office 01227 787787
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

5.30pm; tickets £8 on sale now

THURSDAY OCTOBER 25
ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE, BERKS
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
Box Office 01635 244246
OR ticketweb OR boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

8pm; tickets £10 on sale now

FRIDAY OCTOBER 26
BEDWORTH ARTS CENTRE, nr. COVENTRY & NUNEATON
Bedworth Arts Centre, High Street, Bedworth
Warwickshire CV12 8NF
Box Office 024 7664 3255 www.ticketsource.co.uk/bedworthartscentre
Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage
8pm; all tickets £10, on sale now


SUNDAY OCTOBER 28
TOTNES STUDIO LOUNGE, DEVON
Totnes FM Studio Lounge, Unit A, The Scope Complex
Wills Road, Totnes TQ9 5XN
Box Office: 01803 862 267 / buy online here

Bob Dylan & the Poetry of the Blues
talk with loud music and rare footage

8pm; tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door; on sale now

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

GOODBYE BOB BLOG

I've decided to call a halt to this blog. It was first created almost six years ago at the prompting of my publisher, who regarded it as a marketing tool. I'm glad it grew, and has continued to grow, into something more  -  not least an often provocative discussion forum  -  but I want to stop before it becomes a treadmill.

I shall continue to monitor and publish comments that come in for another ten days or so from today, but after that the blog will become, frozen in cyberspace, a record of what's been contributed and published  -  be me and by you.

I thank every person -  and there have been many thousands  -  who has read the blog down the years, and I thank most gratefully all those who have participated in it more actively. Except the rude people, of course.

That said, I've created a new blog, OUTTAKES. This can be accessed either here or from the drop-down menu cunningly titled 'Blogs' at www.michaelgray.net. I hope some readers might come with me.

News of what I'm doing will also continue to be posted on my website and I can always be contacted directly by e-mail at michael@michaelgray.net . Meanwhile thank you again.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

DYLAN DISCUSSION WEEKENDS - AN UPDATE

I'm pleased to say that one of the three Bob Dylan Discussion Weekends coming up here at our home in May-June is now fully booked. No more places are available for May 11-13.

Places can still be booked for Friday May 4 to Sunday May 6, and for Friday June 15 to Sunday June 17.

More details here.


Friday, January 13, 2012

BOB PAYS TRIBUTE TO SCORSESE - AND McTELL



Great to see him so upfront, without the hat, without the keyboards and without any faltering over the words.

ALLEN GINSBERG'S FARM



It would be hard to take much of an interest in Bob Dylan's work, let alone the poetry of the 20th Century, without taking an interest in Allen Ginsberg  -  and having devoured his Collected Poems, his terrific exchange of letters with his father, and Barry Miles' fine biography, I'm pleased to learn from author Gordon Ball that his book East Hill Farm: Seasons with Allen Ginsberg has at last been published  -  in US hardback (Counterpoint, though their stated publication date is still given on amazon.com as 1 May 2012) and in a Kindle edition.

One of the reader reviews says this: "A fascinating and disturbing time in U.S. history is echoed in Gordon Ball's riveting memoir of a period in Allen Ginsberg's life that was pivotal in Ginsberg's move to a truly serious Buddhist practice. The Cherry Valley farm commune of upstate New York is breezed over even in Ginsberg's own poetry. But here, Ball's training as a filmmaker gives us a slowed down gander at the often hilarious interactions of visitors Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, Ray Bremser, Charles Plymell and Andy Clausen with Allen and longtime companion Peter Orlovsky. At the same time, Ginsberg's voluminous correspondence and exhaustive traveling, as well as Ball's own adventures with Harry Smith, Bob Dylan and John Giorno in NYC, serve up a truly satisfying feast of well-documented detail. A book I didn't want to end."

I look forward to starting it.

Gordon Ball is the man who proposes Bob Dylan for the Nobel Prize for Literature every year. There is an entry on him in my Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NEW SERIES OF DYLAN DISCUSSION WEEKENDS IN FRANCE



We have just clinched dates for a new series of Dylan Discussion Weekends here in southwest France. There are three weekends on offer  -  two in early May and and one in mid-June, and details have just been posted here on my website. We hope to see you then!


Monday, January 09, 2012

OCCASIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS: A CAFE IN JAISALMER, INDIA

photo © Magdalena Gray, 2012