“Maybe we can write an open mic night?” Bob Dylan is offered an unlikely role in Coronation Street after folk legend admits to ‘party-watching’ British TV series
- Folk hero Dylan has confessed his love for UK TV sitcoms – Manchester-based Coronation Street is one of his favourites.
- Dylan also admits to watching the show, along with episodes of the British home detective series Father Brown and The Twilight Zone.
- The musician remains less enthusiastic about contemporary music, while harboring a skeptical view of streaming platforms
During his more than sixty years of touring Britain, he’d hung out with the Beatles, played at some of London’s hottest clubs and inspired an entire generation of acoustic-guitar singer-songwriters.
But at 81, Bob Dylan can play an unlikely part after admitting he has turned to an unexpected and somewhat unlikely aspect of British culture, albeit no less immortal than his melancholy songs of social unrest.
Folk hero Dylan has been offered a cameo in Coronation Street after confessing his love for British soaps – with the Manchester-based show being identified as one of his favourites.
Surprise: Bob Dylan has been offered a cameo in Coronation Street after confessing his love for British soaps – with the Manchester-based show being named one of his favourites.
Producer Ian MacLeod told The Daily Telegraph Dylan he could sing karaoke with characters Ken Barlow and Rita Sullivan during an open mic night at the Rovers Return pub if he agreed to appear.
He said: ‘Hearing that Bob Dylan is the Coronation Street showrunner, it just blows me away. Absolutely love the idea of him being there one night at the Rovers Back.
“Maybe we can write on an open mic night and an obscure singer can come out of the Manchester rain and play a part.”
Dylan released his self-titled debut album in 1962, two years after the first episode of Coronation Street aired.
BIG FAN: Dylan is familiar with popular Cory characters Ken Barlow (left) and Rita Tanner (right), having recently watched the long-running soap opera Manchester.
Here it is: Coronation Street grit has been a permanent fixture on British television since the 1960’s
MacLeod added, “He and Coronation Street established their reputations in the 1960s, both championing working-class voices and causes, and both telling stories with particular sensitivity and humor.”
In his interview with The Wall Street Journal, Dylan made clear his love of British television when asked what he’d been binge-watching lately.
He replied: Coronation Street, Father Brown and some early twilight areas. I know it’s old shows but it makes me feel right at home.
I’m not a fan of packaged shows or news shows. I’ve never seen anything so smelly or sinister. Nothing nasty, nothing dog a**.
Antiquity: During more than sixty years of touring Britain, Dylan hung out with the Beatles, took part in some of London’s hottest clubs and inspired a whole generation of acoustic-guitar songwriters and singers (pictured performing on the BBC in 1965)
The Legend: Ken Barlow, played by William Roache, and Martha Fraser, played by Stephanie Beecham, in Coronation Street
However, the musician remains less enthusiastic about what he sees as a homogenous state of contemporary music, while holding a skeptical view of streaming platforms.
Who will write the standards today? Asked. rap artist? Hip hop or rock star? Singer, sampler, pop singer?
This is corporate music. It’s easy to listen. It’s just a parody of real life, going through the motions, doing an action. Standard on another level. It is a role model for other songs, one in a thousand.
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