Visit England Tourism Superstar Finalist 2022 Adam Scott-Goulding writes… Now is the winter of my virtual content! The nights are drawing in, the mercury is falling and it’s the time of year when I begin to scale back my scheduled walking tours. I’ll still be out-and-about leading tours all through the autumn and winter – and private tours are always available – but alongside those tours I’ll be offering 22 different virtual tours plus plenty of clips, trivia, pics and playlists on the socials. You can follow me using the buttons at the bottom of this post.
I’m also introducing a NEW six-part series on YouTube. My Back Pages – The Music Book Club.
Over the course of six episodes I’ll be suggesting and reviewing music-themed books for your consideration. A quick outline of the series follows and then I’ll take a look at Troubadour Tales – Bob Dylan In London.
I hope you enjoy the series. As usual, keep in touch and I look forward to seeing you on the pavement or on Zoom for a London Music Tour very soon
My Back Pages
Welcome to My Back Pages – The Music Book Club.
Every week for six weeks I’ll post a new episode looking at music-themed books.
The books covered aim to span a wide range of music and genres. They will mostly be books that you can purchase from your local bookshop (support your local bookshop!) but I will also include out-of-print titles.
And in an attempt to really broaden the horizons of our music reading, I’ll also include music-themed fiction and graphic novels as well as guidebooks and biographies.
I’ve tried to keep the reviews short and snappy in order to allow you to have your say. If you’ve read the book(s) in question or if you have a related recommendation, please leave a comment at the bottom of each post.
Titles included in Series One…
• Troubadour Tales – Bob Dylan In London by K.G Miles & Jackie Lees
• The Last Party – Britpop, Blair and the Demise Of English Rock by John Harris
• Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
• The Fifth Beatle – By Vivek J Tiwery
• The Story Of Pop
• Year Of Wonder by Clemency Burton-Hill
In each post I’ll also include further reading recommendations and point you in the direction of a London bookshop where you can buy the suggested titles. Where possible I’ll recommend bookshops that you can visit on or near the route of my London Music Tours.
Series One, Episode One: Troubadour Tales
Bob Dylan in London: Troubadour Tales
Published by McNidder & Grace https://mcnidderandgrace.com
Written by Jackie Lees and K G Miles
Published March 2021
A couple of titles related to Troubadour Tales…
Song & Dance Man, Michael Gray (1973)
The daddy of ’em all. The first and best critical study of Dylan’s work.
No Direction Home, Robert Shelton (1986)
Focused on his formative years and early career, Shelton knew Dylan in the early New York days.
Any other suggestions? Leave a comment below
Support Your Local Bookshop…
Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DT
Foyles has a pretty unimpeachable rock’n’roll reputation – the Sex Pistols once played in the building (when it was the St Martin’s School of Art) and we know that Dylan knew this street as he once made a recording at the long-gone Dobell’s Music Shop just along the road) as you will read in Troubadour Tales).
In days gone by, Foyles was fabled for the operatic intransigence of its staff. In addition to this the shop used to operate an erratic filing system – so much so that it is said one would often emerge from the shop unable to find what one wanted, but having purchased what one didn’t know one wanted having been forced into some delicious browsing. These days the filing is impeccable and there’s an excellent cafe.
Find Foyles here…
For info on the London Music Tours Bob Dylan In London Walking Tour click HERE.