Bob Dylan is most definitely not an English musician. He was, however, named after a British poet, and, in fact, he may play a gig in Wales to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas.
Apparently, Geraint Davies, MP for West Swansea has been in touch, badgering Dylan to perform a concert to mark the 100th birthday of Dylan Thomas, and it seems that Dylan is actually considering it.
There are theories that Dylan took his name from poet Dylan Thomas, and, while he is a self-confessed fan of the poet, he has never confirmed this, and there are theories that he may have taken the name from a character named Matt Dillon from the US western Gunsmoke. In any case, he decided that the world wasn’t ready for a rock star named Robert Allen Zimmerman, and, thus, changed his name to Bob Dylan.
In any case, Davies,hopes that the link between Dylan the poet and Dylan the Welsh poet will convince him to visit Swansea as part of a series of commemorative events next year.
Quoth Davies: “Bob Dylan named himself after Dylan Thomas, I have asked Bob Dylan whether he would be prepared to give a centenary concert in Swansea, in order that he could blend his music with Dylan Thomas’s poetry. Sony Music has come back and said that Mr. Dylan is thinking very positively about the idea.”
Of course, nobody can prove anything, as usual, but it seems likely that Dylan will play at Swansea sometime in the coming year.
And, now for the question: Is an article about an American rock star and a Welsh Poet out of place on an Anglophile blog? In any case, there isn’t a Cymrutopia for those fans of Welsh culture, wherever those may be, so there may be a place for it.