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Friday, January 23, 2009


This date has now been added to my BOB DYLAN & THE POETRY OF THE BLUES tour:

Wednesday May 27, 8.30pm
Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland
25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Box Office: 01 4780766 / WaV Box Office Lo Call 1890 200 078 /
tickets €14

though I doubt if the box office knows about it yet. I'm very pleased it's been added: one of the events I enjoyed most of all was my previous Whelan's gig, way back in October 2002.


Anonymous MichaelS said...

Such good news that you're returning to Dublin.I saw your show in Whelans the last time;2002? God how time flies! Love and Theft wasn't long out and you did a nice piece on Floater
Looking forward already
ps Bobs next show in Dublin will be on the 46th anniversary of his show in the Adelphi 1966

8:53 pm  
Blogger joe butler said...

bob has sold Blowin in the Wind to the co-op

is this an example of the peace dividend?

7:59 am  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Dear Michael S
Thanks for your comments. Yes, that Whelan's gig was one of my favourites: October 8, 2002.

Joe, I find this news plain depressing. Spokespersons can weasle-word it all they like but it's nothing but tacky and it cheapens him more than it enriches his purse.

10:38 am  
Blogger joe butler said...

It may cheapen him, but to choose the coop in the current climate, and to make a statement about ethical banking, whilst not exactly revolutionary, will perhaps contribute to a discussion of alternatives to the pirahnas of wall st and canary wharf

11:17 pm  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

Dear Joe
I'm sorry to say it, but my response is: Yeah, right. Like Dylan knows diddlysquat about the Co-op, or cares. What the hell is ethical or Fair Trade about Cadillacs or Pepsi?

5:02 pm  
Blogger joe butler said...

I saw Bob last week in the Erdington Coop buying a bottle of fair trade Pepsi.
OK the guy is a complete arsehole
but I,m still listening to him.
as are you Michael

11:39 am  
Blogger Michael Gray said...

I would never say anything like "the guy is a complete arsehole" - don't implicitly put those words in my mouth. I don't even know him. I only know the artist, not the man - and that the way the latter now allies the former with selling fizzy drinks, women's underwear, gas-gulping cars and who-knows-what-next is to demean both. I saw Neil Young on TV the other night, and one of the things that struck me, apart from the unafraid straightforwardness of Young in interview, was his singing this:

"Ain't singin' for Pepsi
Ain't singin' for Coke
I don't sing for nobody
Makes me look like a joke".

You're right, of course: I'm still listening to Bob Dylan. But once I could admire his integrity too.

10:31 am  

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