In 1969 Ken Blake, my dad, was the electrical contractor to the UK’s first great music festival on the Isle of Wight. It was the year of Woodstock, the first moon landing, and Bob Dylan’s return to the stage after years in hiding. As a 14-year-old grammar school boy, I stood next to the legendary minstrel as he strummed nervously before performing to an estimated 150,000 people.
When Dylan Sank the Isle of Wight (originally 69ers) is my novel about that event, published on Dylan’s 70th birthday. It is a coming-of-age story and a meditation on the contradictions of a time when the violence of the Vietnam War clashed with the growth of a new era of experiment and idealism amongst millions of young people.
When Dylan Sank the Isle of Wight has its own website where you can read some of the many great reviews the book has garnered, view extensive original archive material and buy signed copies of the novel. More reviews can be found on Amazon.