Bob Dylan performing at Hyde Park,  London in July last year. File photo:  Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, New York, I had a two-hour discussion with Bob Dylan that touched on Malcolm X, the (...)

 Pat and Bob Cohan at their cottage dating from around 1798 in Kilcolman, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

In the summer of 1977, when a Georgia peanut farmer named Jimmy Carter was Democratic US president, a young North American music teacher was en route (...)