Untold Dylan seeks to explore the compositions of Bob Dylan, and the influences upon his creative work. Details of how to contact us are given at the end.
At present we have two main contributors: Tony Attwood and Larry Fyffe. Here’s some background on each.
Tony Attwood has spent his working life as a musician, as a university lecturer, in the theatre and as a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. He gained his research degree at London University Institute of Education and his first engagement with the work of Bob Dylan (aside from being a fan) came when he negotiated the rights to arrange some Dylan songs for use in schools in the series “The Pop Songbooks” published by Oxford University Press.
Tony also runs a blog on his favourite football (soccer) club: Untold Arsenal, and runs the Arsenal History Society. His hobby, beyond Dylan and Arsenal FC, his three daughters and eight grandchildren, is dancing modern jive and the blues.
You can read more (if you really want to!) about Tony on his web site which also a few examples of his own (commercially totally unsuccessful) music.
Larry Fyffe, a fan of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen from time out of mind, has an honours BA degree in Literature and Sociology from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.
He has researched the history of chess for the authors of a number of books thereon, and written published articles on the subject.
Larry’s mother was born in England and she moved to Canada as a war bride of a Canadian soldier. (May they both rest in peace.) Larry’s older brother was born in England; Larry and his identical twin were born in Cornhill, NB; he has a younger brother and three sisters. His bewitching better half is Carolyn, and Margaret, his beautiful daughter.
Jochen Markhorst. Jochen Markhorst grew up in Arnhem and Hanover, with Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde as soundtrack, bought Blood On The Tracks and Street Legal from his pocket money, studied German language at Utrecht University, translated Russian at the Military Intelligence Service, teaches language training courses at companies and lessons in schools, translates German literature, Dutch websites and English subtitles and always plays the music of Dylan in the background.
Markhorst, however, is not one of the hardliners who honour the motto Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan – Jimi Hendrix is certainly not the only one who can brush up a Dylan song. He defends this controversial opinion, among other things, in his five (Dutch) books on Dylan songs.
Jochen has been living in Utrecht for the past 35 years, is still married to the same great, attractive woman and has two sons who have left home by now, but fortunately still study and live in Utrecht.
Joost Nillissen grew up in Amsterdam and was educated by Jesuits who made him loose his faith. For almost 30 years he lived and worked in Israel where he discovered the history of the Bible. Tourism was his trade and ever since he bought his first album in 1971 Bob Dylan was the soundtrack of his life.
Painting and writing were his serious hobbies and in the late nineties his stories were published in literary magazines in The Netherlands and Belgium.
After his divorce in 2004 he returned to the Netherlands and decided to take writing seriously. Hundreds of advertorials on any subject imaginable flowed from his pen. He wrote and published three novels and a collection of short stories.
Joost is semi-retired, wears a brand new suit, has a brand new wife, a son in Israel and a daughter in Amsterdam, no grandchildren that he is aware of and loves working on the retelling of some of Dylan’s songs, to be published in a book.
If you want to write to Untold Dylan with a view to submitting an article or a series of articles, or indeed on any matter that you don’t want to appear as a comment, please email Tony@schools.co.uk and send a copy to TonyAttwoodofLondon@gmail.com (just in case I am on the road).
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