Automated mind map analysis of important names (only direct mentions are taken into account, references can not be done in an automated analysis) in Dylan songs. The top mentions are from the categories music, film, writers and poets.
I like the double mentions (music/writer) in some Dylan songs. Like: “I’m listening to Neil Young, I gotta turn up the sound” in combination with “I say, I read Erica Jong!” (Highlands). And: I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver” in combination with ‘And I’m reading James Joyce” (I feel a change is comin’ on).
If you would count the references as well, you”ll get much higher scores. Steinbeck for example is not mentioned in any of Dylan songs, but there are plenty of references. For example the line “I can live on rice and beans” (Workingman’s Blues #2) is taken from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.