Books! Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob


It’s official: I’m now a published author! BMG Books released Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob on 13 November 2018. Get a load of this snappy new book trailer, featuring a brand spanking new song I wrote with Eric Ambel to go with the book!  Here’s the first article on the book in PopMatters, which includes an imbed of the new song, “Dreaming of Him.” Preorder the book on, or Indiebound or Barnes and Noble, and please follow me on my brand new author page!

Here’s what they’re saying:

“You will come for the dreams, but fall in love with the artwork. You turn the page on one dream, get a beautiful picture of Dylan, then turn to the next page and get an illustration, or an abstract image set perfectly into the design. With over 100 original images, illustrations, and photographs, the collection of dreams will captivate readers in ways they never expected.” – Innocent Words

“Kortes provides a surrealistic pillow on which we can lay our heads and allow the bard from Hibbing to carry us down to lands unexplored. Reading Kortes’ book transports us into that borderline territory where dreams infuse our waking lives. One thing is for sure; her book confirms that we create our own visions of musicians as much as they construct — carefully or not — visions of themselves they’d like us to embrace.” – No Depression

“A terrific gift for any music fan.”  – Rock n Roll TruthRock n Roll Truth


Here’s the press release:


Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob, by Mary Lee Kortes, salutes the surreal side of the bard in words and visuals.
Coming from BMG on November 13.

 “Some time ago a crazy dream came to me….”

 LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Perhaps the only subject more fascinating than the mysterious world of dreams is the mysterious world of Bob Dylan. Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob brings the two together for a weird and wonderful romp through the ways the mercurial musical master shows up in our subconscious states. Created, collected and edited by celebrated singer/songwriter Mary Lee Kortes, the heavily visual hardback book, printed on quality art paper and designed as a unique gift item for Dylan devotees, will be released by BMG on November 13, 2018.

Kortes’ band, Mary Lee’s Corvette, generated significant buzz after releasing a live song-for-song interpretation of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks album that captured the attention of the artist himself. Dylan invited Mary Lee to open shows for him, and she was fully embraced by his devoted circle of fans. Over time people began to tell her about the dreams they’d had about Bob, which ultimately led to her curating and compiling this aesthetically engaging off-kilter collection of nocturnal visions. Paired with more than 100 original images, illustrations, and photographs, the collection of dreams will captivate readers in ways they never expected.

Bob Dylan once sang “I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.” And there are plenty of musical dreamers here, from the incomparable Patti Smith to Squirrel Nut Zippers frontman Jimbo Mathus to Kevin Odegard, whose guitar is heard on the memorable intro to Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue,” to renowned drummer Will Rigby. Not to mention the everyday dreamers, from plumbers to poets to pastors, who appear alongside dentists, attorneys, and psychotherapists.


Some dreams are poignant; some are disturbing; some are touching; and others are nothing short of bizarre. Taken together they’re an enthralling look at what the famously enigmatic singer/songwriter represents in the deepest recesses of our minds. You may have read books about Bob Dylan, but you’ve never read a book like this. Like a great Dylan song, you’ll return to many of these passages again and again to untangle their rich layers of meaning. Or simply to have a little fun.

Author Mary Lee Kortes is a musician and author based in Brooklyn, New York. She has released five albums of original material to wide critical acclaim, each of which landed on the Billboard critics’ top ten list in the year of its debut. Rolling Stone described her voice as “the high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton, with a sweet-iron undercoat of Chrissie Hynde.” She has toured the world both as a headliner and an opening act for established artists, including Dylan. Kortes is also a published short story writer. Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob is her first book.

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