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Idle Thoughts from Bob Dylan

When I was asked to review this book, my first thought was: What can I write about Dylan that I haven’t already said in a previous essay, “Ain’t Gonna Work on Bob Dylan’s Farm No More” (Quadrant, December 2016)? None of the observations I made back then have changed. If anything, some of my views, unpopular at the time, have now been embraced by esteemed writers such as the UK poet Don Paterson, recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the T.S. Eliot Prize. Paterson is also a respected jazz musician and is one of the few to…

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