About the author

The reviews are written by Tony Attwood.

Tony has spent his working life as a musician and as a writer, and been a Dylan fan since the release of the Freewheelin’ (which came out while he was at school heading for a career in classical music but also playing in a rhythm and blues band in his spare time).

Since then he has played in numerous bands and written many songs (although without any significant commercial success), and has also been a Lecturer in Art and the Environment, and a Senior Lecturer in Music (specialising in the social aspects of music), at university level.

Tony has written a number of music books for schools, including “Music from Scratch” and the ” Pop Songbooks” series, which took pop and rock songs and arranged them for use in the school classroom (several Dylan songs were included in the three volume series which was published by Oxford University Press).

Tony has also founded and is actively involved in two educational organisations: The Dyscalculia Centre, and the School of Educational Administration and Management.

Subsequently he has written on many other subjects, and published several novels, two in association with BBC TV series, and more recently  “Making the Arsenal” – a fictional account of London in 1910, seen through the diary of a young Fleet Street journalist.

It is intended that when the number of reviews on this site reaches around 200 they will be published in book form.  Tony is also working on a novel to be called “Visions” which traces the story of three friends who, the rumour has it, are the source of the characters in Dylan’s “Visions of Johanna.”

You can read more (if you really want to!) about Tony on his web site which also a few examples of his music.

Tony can be contacted via Tony.Attwood@aisa.org  If emailing it is really helpful if you can write UNTOLD DYLAN in the subject line.

7 Responses to About the author

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  2. Kev Hodgson says:

    Can’t believe I’ve just discovered your site – really great, and some brilliant interpretations of songs. Duequese Whistle led me here.

  3. Lee Hitchen says:

    Just stumbled upon your site whilst listening to ‘Dark Eyes’, final track on Empire Burlesque.

    Have thouroughly enjoyed reading your interpretations of Dylan’s (and others) lyrics that the great man has performed/recorded over the years. I now find myself going back to those songs and rediscovering them from a wholly new and different perspective.

    Do you intend to cover his entire back catalogue? 😉 Keep up the good work.



  4. doug says:

    I think we can all agree that we at best are having educated guesses at what all the lyrics mean.

  5. dexter says:

    I’ve just discovered your site because I was looking for an article that discusses the structure of the song Spanish Harlem Incident in detail . I was listening to it and I was trying to learn to play it in the guitar by ear and I notice how unusual his guitar parts are in that song. I usually don’t go to ultimate guitar to learn to play songs because I can usually learn easily how to play songs by myself but this song in particular is complex or unusual I think. I think the guitar tab by maguri in ultimate guitar site is good and I think he got almost everything correct. There are parts there I think that just stays in one bass note while changing a couple of notes thus changing chords but stays in one bass note. I think in some parts of the song he’s playing a C major with a bass note of E so when he plays the usual G major to C major progression it sounds a little different than the usual. I think he really listened to it very closely. Even though I know something about chord progressions and some scales I really needed some guide on how to play this song hehe. Anyways, you have a very cool site Mr. Tony Attwood. I’m a really big fan of Dylan and I think fans of Dylan around the world can really enjoy and have a really good time reading your articles.

  6. Margie Stevens says:

    Very much appreciate your research on Dylan. I’ve been haunted by “Too Much of Nothing” figuratively and literally. Understanding the connection to T.S. Eliot enriched my experience. I even found my anthology with Waste Land and read it again after 40 plus years! Keep up your posts. I’ll be looking for your book!

  7. TonyAttwood says:

    Margie, thank you for your very kind comments.

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