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Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas

The Two Dylans

Jeff Towns, K G Miles

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Musik


There are so many strange and wonderful connections and coincidences; shared passions and associations that tie these two cultural icons – BOB DYLAN and DYLAN THOMAS together.

This provides a rich tapestry – from the ancient Welsh folk tales of the Mabinogion to the poems of the Beat Generation; from Stravinsky to John Cale; from Johnny Ray to Charlie Chaplain. Rimbaud and Lorca, Sgt Pepper and The Bells of Rhymney, Nelson Algren and Tennessee Williams and much more. And the wonderful connections between authors K G Miles and Jeff Towns makes it the perfect partnership to write this book.

Fifty-two years ago, author Jeff Towns opened his first bookstore in Swansea – he called it Dylans Bookshop – a youthful homage to the poet Dylan Thomas born and raised in Swansea, an author he admired. Eight years before that, in 1962, (when he had never really heard of Dylan Thomas), he had bought his first ever LP record, Bob Dylan's first ever LP release calledBob Dylanwith a track list; In My Time of Dyin', Fixin' to Die, See That My Grave is Kept Clean and so on; baker's dozen of powerful songs. Jeff read that his new hero had been born Robert Zimmerman but had changed his name to BOB DYLAN, a homage to a Welsh poet named DYLAN THOMAS.

From that moment on THE TWO DYLANS became a constant part of and backdrop to his life. And the two Dylans kept on giving – they were both on the cover of the Beatles Sgt Pepper album. Peter Blake who fashioned the cover of Pepper, was a huge fan on Dylan Thomas' radio play Under Milk Wood. Jeff went to see Peter, they became friends and still are. Peter gave permission to use his wonderfulTiny Tina the Tattooed Lady©Peter Blake image for the cover of this book.

London co-author K G Miles has been inspired by BOB DYLAN since being an awestruck child at Bob's Isle of Wight Festival in 1969. He is now the co-curator the of theDylan Room at London's Troubadour Cluband was honoured to address the inaugural conference at the Tulsa Archive in 2019.



TS Eliot, Rinbaud, Stravinsky, Greenwich Village, Under Milk Wood, Laugharne, Cerys Matthews, London, Hibbing, Welsh folk tales, Dave Van Ronk, New York, Poets, writer, Nelson Algren, United States, 'Blowin' in the Wind', Annie Kapoor, Carmarthenshire, The Boathouse, john Cale, Henry Miller, the Beat Generation, Hans Fried, Peter Blake, Swansea, Collected Poems, Johnny Ray, Robert Zimmerman, performed literature, Terri Thal, Sgt Pepper, rock'n'roll, Minnesota, Jimmy Carter, William S Burroughs, poems by Dylan Thomas, Charlie Chaplin, great modern poet, 'Do not go gentle into that good night', the Beatles, artist, Caitlin Thomas, Wales, singer-songwriter, Mabinogion, America, White Horse Tavern, Hunter S Thompson, Al Lloyd, London's Troubadour Club, Lorca, Vernon Watkins, Tennessee Williams, 1934–1952, Robert Graves, The Bells of Rhymney, Chelsea Hotel, visual art., Mister Tambourine Man, Duluth, 'The Times They Are a-Changin''