New Blog

by elmergantry

This blog is intended to reflect some of my major interests – these include the music of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Eric Andersen, John Martyn Nick Drake John Prine, John Hatt, Lyle Lovett, John Renbourn, Steve Earle, Dave Alvin, Paul Clayton, Joe Heaney, George Jones, Merle Haggard and a host of others. My interests also include English and Irish History and good literature (in particular, the literature of the Victorian period. As a result, posts might cover topics like the songs of Bob Dylan, the art of Joe Heaney or the novels of Charles Lever…

In recent times I have been listening a lot to the music of Bob Dylan’s Greenwich Village contemporaries and part of the aim of this blog is to draw attention to what I think is the neglected talents of people like Paul Clayton and Phil Ochs, for example. It seems to me that Dylan has (through no fault of his own) had a distorting effect on thee manner in which we view his contemporaries.

 

This effect can be seen in the case of Paul Clayton who nowadays seems to be principally regarded as a Dylan sidekick rather than an important artist in his own right. Indeed, Clayton’s achievements as a singer, a collector of folk songs and a fine songwriter in his own right have not received their fair due…

 

 

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