By Max Blau
There isn’t really a direct route from Atlanta, Ga., to Gothenburg, Sweden. It takes a 4,400-mile Transatlantic flight from Hartsfield-Jackson International to Amsterdam, followed by another 500-plus mile plane ride to Oslo. After a 30-minute train ride to get to the heart of Norway’s capitol, Gothenburg is just a mere 290-kilometer drive down E6.
I’ve traveled almost a quarter of the way around the world to capture a sense of the Swedish songwriter in his hometown. As I drive through downtown Gothenburg in my compact Japanese rental car—careening through Little London’s narrow streets, making my way past flocks...