“Bob Dylan and 1960s America: A Conversation with Historian Sean Wilentz” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979. His writings on music have focused on folk traditions and contemporary rock 'n' roll, especially the work of Dylan.
His liner notes for Dylan’s album, “The Bootleg Series, Volume 6, Bob Dylan Live, 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall,” received a Grammy nomination and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for musical commentary.
Wilentz has written liner notes for other notable reissues, including the full Carnegie Hall concert of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, recorded in 1963. He is also the co-editor, with Greil Marcus, of “The Rose & the Briar: Death, Love and Liberty in the American Ballad.” Since 2001, he has served as historian-in-residence at Dylan’s official website, www.bobdylan.com. He also wrote the book “Bob Dylan in America,” which was published in 2010.
Wilentz’s appearance is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts, Bob Santelli, who is also a journalist and historian.
The talk is free. The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. For information about the series visit: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/60s-decade-changed-america.