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We deviate from the usual concept just a bit this week to welcome Jackie Lees and KG Miles to discuss their book, Bob Dylan in London: Troubadour Tales, a combination illustrated guidebook for a walking tour, history lesson and critical analysis.
And there is sort of a Madison connection, because Madison was the last place Dylan stayed before he went to New York for the first time in January 1961, which is where KG’s next book, Bob Dylan in the Big Apple: Troubadour Tales of New York, begins. It was bitterly cold in NY that winter, and it would be even colder when Dylan went to London in December 1962, which is where Jackie and K.G. pick up the story.
It is a story they are eminently qualified to write, as Londoners who are longtime Dylan aficionados and co-curators of the Dylan Room at the Troubadour Club. Jackie took a break from a career writing and editing for a homelessness charity to work on the book, the room and also provide some amateur management to the Dylan Band. K.G., whom I saw speak at the inaugural conference of the Bob Dylan archives in 2019, is as I said also the author of a companion volume coming in about three weeks, Bob Dylan in the Big Apple: Troubadour Tales of New York.
It is a pleasure to welcome to Madison BookBeat, Jackie Lees and K.G. Miles.