Archive for August, 2021

My new book – ‘Read Books, Repeat Quotations’: The Literary Bob Dylan

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book on Bob Dylan! Information is at:

on the site of the independent publisher Two Riders:

Christopher Rollason, ‘Read Books, Repeat Quotations’: The Literary Bob Dylan, Gateshead (UK), Two Riders, 2021 – 221 pp., paperback, ISBN 978-1-9196390-0-0

This book is the distillation of years of listening to – and writing about – Bob Dylan. The majority of the pieces in this book are revised and updated versions of material that has been published before, on-line or in print (or both), while others are new. It is prefaced by the distinguished Dylan scholar Stephen Scobie.


  1. Dylan and the Nobel
  2. Bob Dylan’s Dream
  3. Lay Down Your Weary Tune / Every Grain of Sand
  4. Desolation Row
  5. Shelter from the Storm
  6. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power)I
  7. Man in the Long Black Coat
  8. Dignity / Ain’t Talkin’
  9. Red River Shore
  10. Murder Most Foul
  11. Dylan and Edgar Allan Poe
  12. Dylan and Salman Rushdie
  13. Dylan studies: the future

Note added 26 October 2021:

Copies of the book are now in: the Bob Dylan archive in Tulsa, the library of my alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge, and Cambridge University Library – for the last-named, see: