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Friday, May 05, 2006

a tremendous preview review from Nashville...

Today's Nashville City Paper has a wonderful write-up on the book, just based on the sampler sent out by the publisher a while back. This is what he's written:
"English critic and music historian Michael Gray knows as much as any living being about the blues and rock ‘n’ roll, particularly every blues strain before World War II. But he’s also perhaps the world’s foremost Bob Dylan authority, as witnessed in the massive Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan, which is now in its fifth reprint since its initial release in 2000.

Gray’s next project is The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (Continuum), which won’t be available until June 15. The publishers forwarded me an advance sampler, and based solely on what’s in this preview, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia will be a mandatory buy. Gray’s entries on Ray Charles and Sam Cooke alone make you want to rush out and grab this right away, regardless of price.

The final edition will have more than 850 entries and 26 pages of illustrations in its 784 pages, and the first version is also going to include a CD-Rom. Unfortunately, Continuum books aren’t always easy to find (at least here in Nashville), but the amount of information and the quality of the writing and research contained in this preview indicates that it will be more than worth the difficulty involved in finding it."


Meanwhile the entry on Fats Domino is now published on the 33 1/3 series blog, which can be reached from the Links section on this page.

For me, this is all getting exciting . . . only about six weeks to US publication date (June 15). In the UK it may be a couple of weeks later: I'm waiting to hear.


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