Arts: One-Man Show Brings Bob Dylan to a New Audience

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WHEN Michael Gray published the first critical study of Bob Dylan in 1972 he did not realise that he would still be analysing the rock legend 30 years later.

But Gray has now launched the third edition of his book and is currently touring the UK with his one-man show on Dylan.

He says the singer-songwriter is more popular than ever, particularly among the younger generations.

``I think it's extraordinary that he's carried on and on - no-one could have predicted that,'' said Gray.

``When I first did the book, I did not think I would be doing a third edition 30 years later.

``Bob Dylan is not just a nostalgic figure of the '60s - in the last five years, there's been a noticeable acceleration of young people going to see him.''

Gray ``discovered'' Dylan while he was a student during the '60s.

``Rock 'n' roll came along and changed the way people felt about life. The same is true about Dylan and The Beatles.

``Bob Dylan fused the strength of folk music with the power of electric music.

``He has written such a wealth of multi-layered, complex, intelligent songs, which have changed everything.

``A great artist changes possibilities for the medium for everyone who comes along afterwards and that's what he did.

``But a lot of people have made a thing of disliking him, claiming he can't sing or play.''

Gray has met Dylan once - when the singer invited him backstage after a concert in London in 1978.

``It was terrifying - I knew it was of huge importance to me and no importance whatsoever to him. …