Jackie explores Dylan impact on Celtic music

By david tucker

Published 14/04/2015 | 00:00

In his latest book, Wexford-based author Jackie Hayden explores the impact that the musicians of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England had on the music of Bob Dylan.

'Love And Theft? - Bob Dylan's Celtic Odyssey' traces the origins of the British and Irish songs that featured in Dylan's repertoire or inspired his own songs, and along the way explodes the myth that Dylan 'went electric' at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.

Hayden also examines Dylan's relationships with artists including The Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2, Van Morrison and others who have performed, written and recorded with him during his prolific career. The book also includes a reprinting of an interview conducted exclusively by Bono with Dylan, and previously only available in Hot Press.

The Wexford-based author, who lives in Killinick, recently spent a month in Sweden as a 'writer-in-residence' and 'Love And Theft? - Bob Dylan's Celtic Odyssey' was launched there as an e-book for Amazon Kindle as a special event in the State library in Tranas.

According to Hayden: 'Dylan was enormously influenced by the music from the Celtic nations, but to date most of the credit has been given only to The Clancy Brothers and Martin Carthy. Yet the influence of British and Irish music and musicians on Dylan's work goes way beyond those two significant artists. His repertoire contained many Irish songs, including 'Eileen Aroon' and 'The Auld Triangle'.'

As for the claim that Dylan 'went electric' in 1965, Hayden argues that Dylan actually started out as an electric performer, playing piano in rock'n'roll bands, including a stint with Bobby Vee, and openly admitting to his love of the music of Little Richard.

'Then he discovered folk music and reshaped music forever,' claims the author.

'Love And Theft? - Bob Dylan's Celtic Odyssey' is available for Kindle download on Amazon.

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