Michael Gray (author)

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Michael Gray (born 25 August 1946 in Bromborough, Wirral) is a British author who has written extensively about popular music.


Gray grew up on Merseyside, attended Birkenhead School, and read History and English Literature at the University of York. He subsequently lived and worked in North Devon, Birmingham, West Malvern, London and North Yorkshire. He is married to the food writer Sarah Beattie. In 2008, they moved to South-West France.

In 1972, Gray published the first critical study of Dylan's work, Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan; this work was greatly expanded into Song & Dance Man III: The Art Of Bob Dylan (1999, 2000). In 2006, Gray published the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, which received favourable reviews from the music press and newspapers.[1]

In 2007, Gray published Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes - In Search of Blind Willie McTell, both a travelogue and a detailed biography of the influential blues singer Blind Willie McTell.[2] This work was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography in 2008.[3]

Gray was the Mary Amelia Cummins Harvey Visiting Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2005.[4] He established a Bob Dylan blog in 2006. His official website was created in 2011. In 2015 he received the higher doctorate of D.Litt. (Doctor of Letters in English) from the University of York.

Principal works[edit]

  • Mother!: The Frank Zappa Story (1985, 1992, 1994, 2007, also published in Italy 1986 and Germany 1994)
  • The Elvis Atlas: A Journey Through Elvis Presley's America (1996, 2011) - co-author
  • All Across The Telegraph: A Bob Dylan Handbook (1987, 1988) - co-editor
  • Song & Dance Man: The Art Of Bob Dylan (1972, 1973)
  • The Art Of Bob Dylan: Song & Dance Man (1981, 1982)
  • Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan. Continuum. 2000 [1999]. ISBN 0-8264-5150-0. 
  • The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. Continuum International. 2006, revised & expanded 2008. ISBN 0-8264-6933-7.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search Of Blind Willie McTell (UK hardback Bloomsbury, July 2007, UK paperback October 2008, US hardback Chicago Review Press, September 2009 ISBN 978-1-55652-975-7)


  1. ^ Marquesee, Mike (August 19, 2006). "Pop 1960-62: not all hopeless". Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved 2000-08-02.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Williams, Wyatt (October 1, 2009). "Retracing Blind Willie's blues". Atlanta Creative Loafing. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ Allen, Katie (August 26, 2008). "Belben and Hill win James Tait Black prizes". thebookseller.com. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Girton College Annual Review, 2007–2008" (PDF). girton.cam.ac.uk. September 30, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 

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