I’m very pleased to announce that we’ll be publishing the revised and updated paperback edition of Michael Gray’s Bob Dylan Encyclopedia in April, almost two years after the original hardcover was published to great acclaim. (See selected reviews at the end of this post.)
New additional entries in the paperback include:
Bob Dylan: The Collection 
Bob Dylan: The Drawn Blank Series [2007
Dennis-Dylan, Desiree [1986 – ]
Dylan, last solo concert by 
Haynes, Todd [1961 – ]
I’m Not There [film, 2007]
Lerner, Murray [192? – ]
Man Without Papers, The [TV drama, 1965]
Modern Times 
Other Side Of The Mirror, The [film, 2007]
Paradise Cove [film, 1999]
65 Revisited [film, 2006]
21st Century Dylan songs written for films
And entries that have been updated from the hardcover edition include:
‘Am I Your Stepchild?’
American Civil War in World Gone Wrong, the
Barker, Derek & Tracy
Blowin’ In the Wind
blues, external signals of Dylan’s interest in
Bob Dylan Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan Greatest Hits Vol. II
Bootleg Series Vol.5
Bringing It All Back Home
Brown, Richard Rabbit
Chronicles Volume OneClancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
co-option of real music by advertising, the
Don’t Look Back
Drawn Blank 
earliest extant recordings, Dylan’s
Elliott, Ramblin’ Jack
Estes, Sleepy John
folk music, American, black
Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The: withdrawn early version
Fuller, Blind Boy
Gleason, Ralph J.
Grateful Dead, the
‘The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar’
guitars, Bob Dylan’s acoustic
Hammond, John Jr.
Highway 61 Revisited
Ian & Sylvia
‘In Search of Little Sadie’/‘Little Sadie’
Johnnie & Jack
Like A Rolling Stone
McTell, Blind Willie
Madhouse On Castle Street, theMarcus, Greil
Maymudes, Victor [1935 – 2001]
musical accompanists to Dylan, other
nursery rhyme on Under the Red Sky
‘People Get Ready’
Poe, Edgar Allan
Stanley Brothers, the
‘Tangled Up In Blue’
Time Out Of Mind
“Michael Gray’s book [is] probably the most comprehensive work on the subject, and also one of the most entertaining. The scale of research is colossal.” The Guardian
“This massive effort…is an amazingly well-researched and surprisingly readable work.” Library Journal
“This is no mere catalog of facts, but a work of oceanic immersion. It has wit, opinion, style and asks to be read, not just consulted.” Village Voice
“Michael Gray… outdistances them all with this voluminous collection.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Michael Gray… is arguably the pre-eminent Dylan scholar – enviably knowledgeable, scabrously tart … [his] irreverence is one of the joys of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia.” Sunday Herald
“an authoritative reference tome…Gray’s critical powers remain top rank… and it will be well nigh impossible for you to ever just dip in and read only one entry.” Guitar and Bass Magazine
“The book thrives on unexpected connections and little-known facts… Gray’s passionate subjectivity mirrors his subject’s wholly idiosyncratic journey through life, as well as the complexities and contradictions that make Dylan who he is… Gray’s approach is characterized by a mixture of undiluted opinion and genuine fairness…There is an endearingly spontaneous feel about the book, unusual for something so rich and weighty.” Times Literary Supplement
“There is always room for a volume as utterly brilliant as Michael Gray’s Bob Dylan Encyclopedia… for everyone from the most hardened Bobcat to the general music lover. Strikingly intelligent, poetic, subtly humorous and buzzing with an awareness of the richness of life, he’s the perfect match for his subject.” What’s On in London
“Thoroughly researched and highly idiosyncratic, The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia is a fascinating reference – with essential information and cool arcana.” Rolling Stone
“It stands comparison with David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Cinema as a sustained piece of entertaining opinionated heartfelt and argumentative writing masquerading as an objective gazetteer… the book is thronged with life.” London Evening Standard
If you’re in a position to review this paperback edition, and would be interested in receiving a review copy of it upon publication, drop me an email – david at continuum-books dot com.
11 Thoughts to “The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia in Paperback”
hey is this out yet? Amazon hasn’t shipped mine yet
i sure wish bob could write more sci-fi material.it seems like yesterday he wrote knocka knacka knockin on heavens door, prety woman, strange, and hound dog.i remember the first book he wrote was a sci-fi thriller, i think it was just after lay lady lay. by the way,does anyone know if glen campbell has made any westerns since ‘true gritts’? just curious.http://political-poop.blogspot.com/
Dylan is the man, i love his work DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK
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Who would have thought that there is so much on the master. I love Dylan’s work!
Hi there. Thanks for the nice comments! The paperback edition of the Bob Dylan Encyclopedia will not have the CD-ROM included. But it WILL be considerably less expensive than the hardcover as a result.As for 33 1/3, I’m afraid it doesn’t go back to Socratic mind control, or maybe it does? It’s the number of revolutions per minute an LP makes on a turntable.
Obviously, I’ll have to get this — though I’ve only had my first edition for about a year. Of course, a book like this is a living thing, as long as the author is, so it isn’t really finally bought as much as subscribed to. Is an upgraded CD-ROM going to be included in the new edition?
Mr Gray has been busy I see, busy as usual… PB jacket looks swell.
Bob Dylan is not only among the greatest in folk-rock, he is one of the greatest poets of all time. Very nice.
wow thats a pretty long list there.I was just wondering, where did you get 33.3333333333333333333 from. You also seem to be astute in the literary works of any concepts, I m currently read Plato’s the republic, and find it to my likeing, but the reason i even pick up the book was because sacrates mentions a little bit about music and how it can effect the masses, such as certian scales and modes. would you have any suggestions for any books to accompany such a subject? Synaptic Spazism
Bob Dylan was one of the greatest insperations to music, period.