Bob Dylan Revisited: What a Song Can Be

Marlene Pomper Memorial Lecture

Bob Dylan (né Robert Zimmerman, from Duluth & Hibbing, Minnesota) has been absorbing influences from uncounted musical and literary sources since he was a teenager, and has in turn influenced over a half-century of songwriters that followed him, as well as the society and culture of his time.

We’ll listen to some songs that we know from Dylan’s own singing or from others’, consider some of the sources of his lyrics and music and some of the impact he’s had on others’  music, and hear how this iconic American troubadour expanded the boundaries of what a song can say, and mean.

Robert Cohen has taught & lectured on Jewish music & American folk & popular music for over a quarter of a century — including at the Fifth Avenue New York Public Library & the American Jewish Historical Society, the New England Conservatory of Music & the New School, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York & Hebrew College in Boston, Skidmore College & Queens College, & the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College — and for many years in  the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers in the Humanities & Speakers in the Schools programs.  He worked with Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Elizabeth Swados, & other musicians at the New School; has produced & hosted over 100 radio programs on Jewish culture & identity, including NPR’s “One People, Many Voices:  American-Jewish Music Comes of Age”; & produced the compilation CD Open the Gates! New American-Jewish Music for Prayer, copies of which will be available for purchase after the lecture.

A light breakfast will be served.

  • Sun, Apr 29, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:00 am