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Talking Bob Dylan

11 October 2011

Some of the UK’s leading experts and commentators on the life, times and music of Bob Dylan’s will descend on Cardiff University (Thursday 17th/18th November) to discuss, analyse and celebrate his 50 year career in the music industry.

In celebration of Bob Dylan's 70th Birthday, and the 50th anniversary of John Hammond signing him to Columbia Records in 1961, Cardiff University’s School of European Studies, supported by the Political Studies Association of the UK, and the Richard Burton Centre, Swansea University is bringing together some of the leading commentators on the life, times and music of this iconic figure.

Professor David Boucher who Heads Cardiff University’s School of European Studies and has written widely on the work of Bob Dylan said: "This event is the culmination of celebrations all over the world to mark Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday and 50th anniversary in the music industry, and an opportunity to bring together some of the world’s leading commentators.

"The day will consist of a series of key speakers. Michael Gray, for example, is arguably the world authority on Bob Dylan with speakers Mike Marqusee and Gary Brown offering key political insights into his work. Speakers such as Mike Jones will be able to offer an insight into the management of Bob Dylan, Jeff Towns and Daniel Williams will shed light on his relationship with Dylan Thomas."

Speakers at the two day of celebrations include: Michael Gray, author of Hand Me My Travellin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell, Song & Dance Man III, and the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia; Mike Marqusee, the author of Wicked Messenger; David Boucher, author of Dylan and Cohen, and Neil Corcoron, editor of Do You Mr Jones, along with Mike Jones, academic, lyricist and author; Gary Browning, editor of The Political Art of Bob Dylan (with David Boucher), and the legendary Jeff Towns, collector, writer and Dylan Thomas enthusiast.

All are welcome, with entrance free for all events. Events on Thursday evening and Friday evening in the Birt Acres Theatre require an e-ticket.

Further information on all of the two day events are available at: or by e-mailing: