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Sunday, August 13, 2006

ODDS & ENDS

Two weeks ago now I did a radio slot called Storyville, which goes out as part of the Breakfast Show on Xfm, a station that belongs to the Capital Radio group and claims a listenership of about 650,000 'bright, alternative rock people' aged 16-35. The slot was a treat because instead of the usual interview, it consisted of readings from the book: in my case one Bob Dylan Encyclopedia entry broadcast on the Monday, another on the Wednesday and a third on the Thursday. When you're in the studio, though, they record five readings rather than three, and all five are supposed to be put up online the week of the broadcast. The shows have come and gone, and I don't know which three they used on air, but the five that should be up on the Xfm.com website still haven't appeared, though they've promised they'll go up this coming week. The entries I chose - each had to be less than two minutes long, so some were just parts of entries - were on the John Wesley Harding album, U2, Jimi Hendrix, Lou Reed and Jakob Dylan.

Vile weather in England has replaced July's lovely heatwave. It's been so cold the last couple of days we've had a fire on of an evening. Cold wind in August, shivers up and down our spines. No longer the weather for the fab 1931 Alvis TK1260 below...

OCCASIONAL PHOTOS NO.6: A 75-YEAR OLD BRITISH CAR

3 Comments:

Blogger Dylanshrine said...

Hi Michael- I want to tell you how much I enjoyed reading the encyclopedia cover to cover- I have read all your other books on Dylan but having the concise information in this form is really appreciated. Want to mention a couple of things that might be included ion the next edition. You do not mention that the song 'Corina, Corina" was a very big hit for Big Joe Turner on Atlanticd records- I am sure Bob was well acquainted with his version. Another thing you fail to mention when discussing Ray Charles is that Bob got the intro for Ballad of a Thin Man from a Ray Charles tune. The last thing I would like to mention is you left out Bob Dylan's greatest fan in the U.S. That just happens to be me. My Dylan resume is as follows:
The first person to capture Bob Dylan on film in the 70’s and beyond. Letters and/or articles in all the Dylan fanzines made (at least the ones in English). Two time winner of the Dylan Imitators Contest in Greenwich Village, New York (in spite of the fact I never “imitated” Bob but wrote parodies about his life) . Interviewed and performed on The Bob Fass Show on WBAI-FM. Appeared in the film on fans of rock and roll at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland , Ohio as the Bob Dylan fan. Appeared on local cable television show to explain and show my Dylan museum. Interviewed and performed on WMCX-FM college radio station. Interviewed on National Public Radio by senior producer Art Silverman for his show “All Things Considered”. Seen in the video “Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert” entering Madison Square Garden. I also have a chapter about my Dylan Shrine in the book “Encounters With Bob Dylan” by Tracy Johnson. Concert photographer for the DVD “Rolling Thunder and The Gospel Years”. Producer of the Dylan parody “Dyl-Time Theme Radio Hour”.
So there you have it! Thanks for all your work on Dylan in the past and in the future.
Mel (Dylanfan14)

12:14 am  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Dear Mel
Hi there! Good to hear from you. How's life in Old Bridge, New Jersey?! I remember you sending for a signed hardback of "Song & Dance Man III" way back when...

Thanks for the kind comments. Keep on keeping on!

Best wishes to you & the Shrine.

9:37 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Dear Mel
Hi there! Good to hear from you. How's life in Old Bridge, New Jersey?! I remember you sending for a signed hardback of "Song & Dance Man III" way back when...

Thanks for the kind comments. Keep on keeping on!

Best wishes to you & the Shrine.

12:37 PM

9:39 pm  

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