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Bob Dylan 1966 London Press Conference

Bob Dylan 1966 London Press Conference

EXTRACT: Already weary from a confrontational world tour, and beyond tired of the media circus, Bob Dylan held a press conference on 3rd May 1966 shortly after he arrived in London in advance of the British leg of his tour. It did nothing to calm the growing hostility towards the artist. This extract from Clinton Heylin’s book JUDAS! paints a picture of how it went.

About The Beer Book

About The Beer Book

A note from Ian Clayton about his book It’s The Beer Talking: Adventures in Public Houses

Prelude | A Coat of Many Colours

Prelude | A Coat of Many Colours

Clinton Heylin’s prelude to ‘What We Did Instead of Holidays: A History of Fairport Convention and It’s Extended Folk-Rock Family’

Clinton Heylin Interview – Anarchy in the Year Zero

Clinton Heylin Interview – Anarchy in the Year Zero

When Clinton Heylin called in to Route HQ to sign the Collector’s Edition of Anarchy in the Year Zero, he took time out to answer some questions about the book.

Michael Nath Interview – British Story

Michael Nath Interview – British Story

Michael Nath talks to Seki Lynch about British Story. ‘Arthur Mountain is a kind of Falstaff; but at one time, he was also like Jack Carter (of the Ted Lewis novels), and Mark E Smith, along with some people I’ve known.’

Janet Watson Q&A

Janet Watson Q&A

Janet Watson answers questions on her memoir Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge.

‘I realised the only way to recreate my time with Mark was to relive it – particularly strange as a forty-something trying to imagine making love with Mark for the first time in the back of my old Austin!’

Sophie Coulombeau Rites Q&A

Sophie Coulombeau Rites Q&A

Sophie Coulombeau interviewed about Rites by Rebecca Pedley, the Assistant Editor on Route’s Next Great Novelist award.

‘Many people have written to me saying that the book has troubled them, disturbed them, made them feel compromised or involved, kept them awake at night questioning things they had never questioned before. That’s absolute music to my ears.’

Ada Wilson Q&A

Ada Wilson Q&A

Ada Wilson answers questions on his novel Red Army Faction Blues.

‘I first found a clip in a German celebrity magazine – about antique cars, of all things – in which Rainer Langhans first spoke about meeting Peter Green at Munich Airport, and the guitarist’s visit to the High Fish Commune. The anecdote has subsequently been bandied around internet chat sites. At that point, Langhans was someone I instantly recognised as this media icon from the 1960s, but I can’t say I was that familiar with the whole saga of Kommune 1.’

Michael Nath Interview – La Rochelle

Michael Nath Interview – La Rochelle

Michael Nath answers questions on his novel La Rochelle.

‘I was trying to write a novel that wasn’t too much like a ‘novel’. It had to have the qualities of life instead, such as thickness, abundance, presence, a degree of untidiness. I was after something baroque and dishevelled, with a coat of varnish.’

Bob Dylan’s Lost Blood on the Tracks Guitar

Bob Dylan’s Lost Blood on the Tracks Guitar

EXTRACT: Bob Dylan had written the songs that would appear on the album Blood on the Tracks on his trusted Martin guitar, only for it to be stolen from his van before the recording. Bob turned up at Rowan’s place looking to find a replacement Martin, and while he was there, treated Rowan to a performance of the new songs. In this extract from Clinton Heylin’s monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune, Rowan recounts his amusement of the occasion.

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