In Love And Theft? - Bob Dylan's Celtic Odyssey Irish author Jackie Hayden explores the impact of the music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England on the music of Bob Dylan.

The book is revisionist in that it refutes the myth
that Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.
Hayden examines Dylan's relationships with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2, Van Morrison and others who have performed, written and recorded with him during his prolific career.

The book also includes a reprinting of an interview conducted exclusively by Bono with Dylan, which was previously only available in Hot Press.

"Dylan was enormously influenced by the music from the
Celtic nations, but to date most of the credit has been given only to The Clancy Brothers and Martin Carthy," says Hayden. 

"Yet the influence of British and Irish music and musicians on Dylan's work goes way beyond those two significant artists. Dylan's repertoire, argues Hayden contains versions of a number of Irish songs, including Eileen Aroon and The Auld Triangle.

As for the claim that Dylan "went electric" in 1965, Hayden argues that Dylan actually started out as an electric performer, playing piano in rock'n'roll bands, including a stint with Bobby Vee, and loving the music of Little Richard. "Then he discovered folk music and reshaped music forever", he claims.

Love And Theft? - Bob Dylan's Celtic Odyssey by Jackie Hayden is available for Kindle download on Amazon at $7.49.