Michael Gray is a critic, writer and broadcaster recognised as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan, and an expert on rock'n'roll history, with a special interest in pre-war blues. He grew up near Liverpool, graduated in History and English Literature at the University of York, where as a student journalist he interviewed both the historian AJP Taylor and the guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
His pioneering study Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan, published in 1972, was the first critical study of Dylan's canon - in effect the founding work of a subject now studied widely in universities and colleges throughout the western world.
His lecture will explore how the University's earliest years shaped his career as an independent scholar, and will also reflect on the value of what is now Bob Dylan's 50-year body of work. Michael Gray's books may be immense but there's nothing dry about his lectures, which are always lively, witty and acute.
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