The Poetry of Bob Dylan
Clinton Heylin, Jackie Oates, Sophie Solomon, Dorian Lynskey
Bob Dylan’s songs formed an indispensable soundtrack to the 1960s, and have continued to capture the imagination of audiences ever since. His song lyrics are often praised for their poetry and he has been acclaimed by some as one of the great unsung poets of the 20th century.
This was an evening of discussion about Dylan’s life and lyrics and Jewishness, punctuated by covers of some key songs from the mesmerising Jackie Oates.
Clinton Heylin is recognized all over the world as a leading authority on Bob Dylan. He was co-founder of Wanted Man, the British magazine dedicated to studying Dylan’s life and work. He published the highly praised biography,Dylan: Behind the Shades, in 1991 and followed it up in 1996 with an equally well-received account of Dylan’s recording career, Dylan: Behind Closed Doors.Jackie Oates
Jackie Oates, described by the Observer as ‘a frontrunner among the new generation of Brit folkies’ won two BBC Folk Awards in 2009 and recently released her 3rd solo album, \'Saturnine.’Sophie Solomon
Dorian Lynskey is a music writer for The Guardian. He also writes for Q, The Word, Spin and Empire. He is the author of The Guardian Book of Playlists and 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs.