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Thursday, April 17, 2008


I'm very pleased to be able to report that The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia has just won this year's C.B. Oldman Prize, awarded annually by the International Association of Music Libraries "for an outstanding work of music bibliography, music reference or music librarianship".

The other books on the shortlist were The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia / edited by Cliff Eisen and Simon P. Keefe (Cambridge University Press) and a study of Handel's operas by Winton Dean (Boyden Press).

I picked up the award at the University of Kent at Canterbury at the weekend, on a very brief trip back to the UK, starting with a flight from Pau that halted at the last possible moment as the plane thundered down the runway - the brakes and reverse-thrust came on and we returned to the airport building area: we had hit an eagle, and they had to check for damage to the plane. There was none. That took an engineer about ten minutes to ascertain... but the paperwork took another hour.

Meanwhile back in France yesterday's post brought a copy of the newly-published 2008 reprint of Song & Dance Man III, with a slightly amended and redesigned jacket. Now I'm waiting to see the new paperback of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, which I hope is on its way from New York.


Blogger THOMAS GRASTY said...

Michael, congrats. I read your resources all the time and love them to death.

In fact, the encyclopedia came in quite helpful when I was writing my new novel BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, which I think you'd enjoy.

It's a murder-mystery. But not just any rock superstar is knocking on heaven's door. The murdered rock legend is none other than Bob Dorian, an enigmatic, obtuse, inscrutable, well, you get the picture...

Suspects? Tons of them. The only problem is they're all characters in Bob's songs.

You can get a copy on or go "behind the tracks" at to learn more about the book.

And again, thanks for your scholarship and time in the Dylan genre.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if anyone's passed this on already, or if you already know but someone seems to offering to sell zipfiles of the pdf CD Rom from the hardback on ebay.

Cheeky sod.

Really enjoyed the encyclopedia, thanks.


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