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How To Academy: Why Dylan Matters with Richard F. Thomas at Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design

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Time 18:45
Date 14/12/17
Price £31.9

An evening dedicated to exploring all things Dylan's with Richard F. Thomas - Dylan expert and George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University.

In 2016 Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize… for Literature. Everyone was happy – except some in the literary world, which was confused and divided. The word in Stockholm was that Dylan had given‘new poetic expression to the great American song tradition’. But is it poetry, or is it poetry by special pleading?

But writing about Dylan, as against listening to him, is not easy. So do we really need to hear from the Professors, whose interest in Dylan has been considerable, if unreciprocated? Do his songs need interpreting? Or are they consummately self-reliant and uncategorizable, changing our lives but giving us little to say?

In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas will answer these questions, and will show how much there is to say and why it needs saying: about a genius who came late enough in the tradition to freely plunder its storehouse – of American folk music, English ballads, minstrel songs, blues, the Bible, the Greek and Latin classics.

So, come join for an evening exploring Dylan’s allusive and compound art of song, where words, music and voice make a unity and, mysteriously, create a community of past and present.