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Bob Dylan Between Lyric and Music
February 13, 2020 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Bldg. 320, Rm. 105 - Map Link
Join us for a conversation about Bob Dylan and the art of song. Everyone knows Dylan’s songs, but little attention has been paid to how he has transformed the craft of songwriting. In this talk, author and teacher Timothy Hampton will discuss the ways in which lyric and music intertwine and shape each other in Dylan’s compositions. Together we will take a peek under the hood of some of Dylan’s most iconic songs to see how they work. We will listen in on Dylan’s dialogues with other singers and writers to explore the complex texture of his writing and performance art, and we will think about how the language and form of Dylan’s songs help shape their political and social message. As Joan Baez said recently, “Dylan’s stuff is the best we have. Everyone else pales next to him.” Come and see what the excitement is about—and why Dylan’s voice still matters today.
Timothy Hampton, Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Director, Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley
Timothy Hampton’s research interests include the relationship between literature and politics, the philosophy of history, and the transmission of culture. Recently, he has been working on the history of emotion, on multiculturalism, and on popular music. In 2019, he published Bob Dylan’s Poetics: How the Songs Work.