Monday, August 16, 2010

Sean Wilentz: Bob Dylan in America

The New Yorker has printed an excerpt from Sean Wilentz' forthcoming Bob Dylan in America, due out next month & published by Doubleday. Sean's father Eli, and uncle, Ted, ran the Eighth Street Bookshop on West 8th Street and MacDougal Street in New York City's Greenwich Village, where Allen & Peter stayed briefly after returning from 3 years of travel around the world, which is also where Allen met Bob Dylan for the first time. Sean Wilentz is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University where he's taught since 1979.

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross does a quick Q&A with Wilentz this week in the New Yorker as well >>

And.. for those of you in the NYC area, Wilentz will be reading and signing his book, Tuesday, September 7 at Spoonbill & Sugartown Books in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 7pm.

Bob Dylan, the Beat Generation, and Allen Ginsberg’s America

Photograph: Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Barbara Rubin, Bob Dylan, and Daniel Kramer backstage at McCarter Theater, in Princeton, New Jersey, September, 1964. © Daniel Kramer.

Bob Dylan in America,” by the historian Sean Wilentz, will be published in September by Doubleday. The following excerpt is Chapter 2 of the book.

Penetrating Aether: The Beat Generation and Allen Ginsberg’s America

by Sean Wilentz

Aaron Copland’s first important musical project after Billy the Kid was to write the score, in 1939, for a film by the innovative director Lewis Milestone, made from John Steinbeck’s novella about hard-luck migrant workers in California, Of Mice and Men.

Read complete excerpt >>

New York Magazine are also giving Wilentz pretty decent props. >>

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