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Conversation: Bob Dylan's Influence, March 21

Columbia University's Heyman Center and Miller Theatre present an evening conversation focused on the influence of Bob Dylan on music, culture and politics.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21, at Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, at 116 Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants include:

  • Greil Marcus, one of the most celebrated writers on American popular music and culture and Rolling Stone magazine's first record review editor. His books include Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock 'n' Roll Music (1975), In the Fascist Bathroom: Punk in Pop Music, 1977-1992 (1999), The Old, Weird America : The World of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes (2001), and Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads (upcoming, March 2005).

Marcus will discuss Masters of War: Lives of a Song, one of Dylan's most searing critiques of waging war in the name of nationalism and religion.

  • Christopher Ricks, Oxford Professor of Poetry, Warren Professor of the Humanities and co-director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and one of the most eminent literary critics in the world. His books include: Essays in Appreciation (1996), Allusion to the Poets (2002), and Reviewery (2003). More recently, his works include an examination of the lyrics of Bob Dylan titled Dylan's Visions of Sin (2004).

Ricks will discuss Bob Dylan's 1966 album Blonde on Blonde .

  • Sean Wilentz, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University and a contributing editor at The New Republic. He is the historian-in-residence for www.bobdylan.com , and he wrote an essay for the 52-page booklet packaged with Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall , the sixth album in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series. This earned Wilentz a Grammy nomination for Best Album Notes.

Wilentz will discuss Dylan's autobiography, Chronicles, widely reviewed as the best autobiography ever written by a popular musician.

For more information on this event, contact Rebecca Hanger at (212) 854-4270.

Published: Mar 16, 2005
Last modified: Mar 16, 2005

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