Join Berkeley Professor Tim Hampton for an insightful, impassioned and erudite account of the artistry and politics of the legendary musician and Nobel laureate.
Bob Dylan’s status as one of the most iconic and influential rock stars of all time is assured; and with the reception of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, he became not only a hero to his fellow musicians but a canonical artist and storyteller.
Taking Dylan seriously as a literary and cultural figure of global significance, Professor Timothy Hampton will draw on his decades of experience as a critic and scholar to prise apart the embarrassment of riches that is the Dylan songbook – revealing the artistry that makes his song-writing so extraordinarily powerful.
Focusing on the interplay of music and lyrics, Tim will trace Dylan’s innovative use of musical form, his complex manipulation of poetic diction, and his dialogues with other artists, from Woody Guthrie to Arthur Rimbaud.
Moving from Dylan’s earliest experiments with the blues, through his mastery of rock and country, up to his densely allusive recent recordings, he will offer a powerful meditation on Dylan’s achievement, and his contribution to times of profound political and social change.
Don’t miss this unmissable treat for music lovers everywhere.