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  • The Tomes They Are a Changin’

    Tom Martin

    A LOCAL author brought up in Bootle who has previously penned books on local history has turned his attention to music – and written an in-depth portrait of Bob Dylan.

    The Times - and the tomes - are certainly a-changin’ for writer George Orr, who has shifted his attention from publishing books on Skelmersdale and Lathom to one on the legendary folk singer.

    The book, entitled 'Bob Dylan: An English Fans Scrapbook, is certainly one for true fans to enjoy, with nearly 300 pages full to the brim with newspaper clippings, album reviews, as well as 63,900 words and 495 pictures.

    George, 68, who now lives in Skelmersdale, told the Champion how the book was three years in the making.

    The author had to go the distance for his research into the singer, and flew to New York just to watch a tribute concert for the singer, famous for such songs as Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a Changin’.

    George said: “I started the book in 2013 and intended to finish it after I saw Dylan in Manchester in October 2015, then I decided to wait until after his 75th birthday which was this May.

    “I flew over to New York and attended a tribute concert on his birthday held in Greenwich Village at the first night club he played a professional gig, Gerdes Folk City, which is now called Village Underground.

    “The grandson of the original club owner, Bob Porco, put on the show. The event was excellent and the response from the New Yorkers towards me was one of amazement that a Dylan fan from England would fly over just for the show!”

    George was educated in Bootle and went on to be a factory worker. He is a huge Bob Dylan fan and has been following him since 1963, seeing him many times in concert.

    He added: “The book has cuttings from Dylan's shows and appearances in England, many from his Liverpool shows, as well as his CD releases and reviews. There are many very rare Dylan items in the book that most fans would not have seen before.”

    Bob Dylan: An English Scrapbook, costs £15 and can be bought on Ebay. It can also be bought by contacting George by email george.blueblood@gmail.com.

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