Bob Dylan Center Tulsa, OK

Greil Marcus: Folk Music

October 21, 2023 3-4pm

Greil Marcus: Folk Music - Saturday, Oct. 21

Greil Marcus will participate online; members and guests will attend in-person to listen to the conversation.

Premier cultural critic Greil Marcus joins the Bob Dylan Center online from Minneapolis to celebrate the publication of “Bob Dylan: Mixing Up the Medicine,” to which he is a contributor, and the paperback release of “Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography in Seven Songs,” his latest of many acclaimed books on Dylan including “Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads” and “The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes” (aka “Invisible Republic”).

In “Folk Music,” Marcus focuses on Dylan’s empathetic songwriting through characteristically wide-ranging, provocative ruminations and riffs on early classics like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Desolation Row” and more recent recordings such as “Ain’t Talkin’” and “Murder Most Foul,” finding in these and other songs multiple histories of American folk music and clues to Dylan’s own creative process.

Joining attendees via streaming, Marcus will discuss “Folk Music” and reflect on the meanings and potentials of Dylan’s work in a satellite conversation with Bob Dylan Center Director Steven Jenkins.

Copies of “Folk Music” and other Marcus books will be available for sale at the event.

“The most interesting writer on Dylan over the years has been the cultural critic Greil Marcus. No one alive knows the music that fueled Dylan’s imagination better. … ‘Folk Music’ [is an] ingenious book of close listening.” —David Remnick, New Yorker magazine


Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.

Doors: 2:30 p.m.

Bob Dylan Center

The Darby Family Screening Room

116 E Reconciliation Way

Tulsa, OK 74103


Free for members through link in member’s newsletter.

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