Published for The Lexington Minuteman on Oct. 5.
Author, musician, and historian Elijah Wald wants to talk about when music, society, and the world, changed.
Wald will be speaking at the Cary Lecture Series at Isaac Harris Cary Memorial Hall on Saturday, Oct. 15 to talk about his book “Dylan Goes Electric: Newport, Dylan, Seeger, and the Night that Split the Sixties.”
The book tries to explain how iconic folk singer Bob Dylan made rock music, before 1963 a style reserved for the young and generally seen as a non-intellectual pursuit, and turns it into art.
“Rock and roll literally including the people who liked it thought of it as teenage music,” Wald said. “If you grew up and went to college you’d stop listening to it because you’d start listening to something intelligent.”
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