Friday, 25 November 2016

Friday is Rock'n'Roll #London Day: Bob Dylan in London

Friday is Rock'n'Roll London Day!

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk meets at Tottenham Court Road Station every Friday at 2pm.

DC Editor Adam writes…

Fifty-four years ago, in November 1962, Bob Dylan was here in London

Among the places he played we can include the King and Queen pub in Fitzrovia.

The performance is the stuff of music legend. If the number of people who claim to have been in the pub that night were actually there, then this modest corner boozer would be bigger than Shea Stadium.

Dylan was in London not to sing – nothing is ever straightforward when it comes to Dylan – but to act in a BBC play. The play was The Madhouse on Castle Street by young Jamaican playwright Evan Jones, the tape of which was wiped by the BBC in 1968. No copy has ever been found. 

Dylan was billeted at the Mayfair Hotel near Berkeley Square where, legend has it, his dope smoking habits incurred the ire of the management. During his stay, he also swung by London's famous folk venues – The Troubadour on Cromwell Road, Soho's Les Cousins and Bunjies Coffee House (we'll call by the latter later today on the Rock'n'Roll London walk).

I'm playing a gig on Wednesday night 30th November 2016 and I'll be including a Dylan number.

The gig is a short 20 minute acoustic set at the Alley Cat Bar on Denmark Street as part of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk. The set will be composed of the music we discuss of the Rock'n'Roll Pub Tour.

The Rock'n'Roll London Pub Walk – with 20 minute live acoustic set at the Alley Cat, Denmark Street – meets at Tottenham Court Road tube (exit 1) at 7pm on the 30th November 2016. Here's a preview vid…

The Rock'n'Roll London Walk is ONLY London Walk with its own dedicated comic book

Written by Rock'n'Roll London guide (and Daily Constitutional editor Adam) it's available in both print & digital formats at the London Bookstore online: and on The Rock'n'Roll London Walk on Fridays!  

A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

Bookmark and Share

No comments:

Post a Comment