Michael Gray is a critic & public speaker. He pioneered the serious study of Dylan’s work with Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan, 1972, the first such critical book. Born in 1946, he grew up on Merseyside and studied History & English Literature at York University, where he interviewed British historian A.J.P. Taylor and chatted with visiting American guitarist Jimi Hendrix. His books include the massively updated Song & Dance Man III (1999), The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (2006), and Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search Of Blind Willie McTell (2007). He is married to the food-writer Sarah Beattie and has lived in southwest France since 2008. His website is www.michaelgray.net

Book: Outtakes On Bob Dylan: Selected Writings 1967-2021