As a tie-in to the Bob Dylan Center’s current exhibition, “Becoming Bob Dylan: Photographs by Ted Russell 1961–1964,” Los Angeles-based writer and historian Aaron J. Leonard has prepared a multimedia presentation based on his new book, “Whole World in an Uproar: Music, Rebellion and Repression 1955–1972.” In his multifaceted study, Leonard traces the intertwined journeys of Dylan and fellow trailblazers such as Nina Simone, John Lennon, Grace Slick, Jim Morrison, Miriam Makeba, Johnny Cash and Buffy Sainte-Marie, finding in their revolutionary music the basis for galvanizing cultural change. Delving into previously unreleased FBI files, Leonard uncovers governmental panic in response to the ’60s counterculture movement and highlights the enduring impact, danger and liberation of Dylan and his folk-rock contemporaries.
Leonard’s previous books include, “Heavy Radicals: The FBI’s Secret War on America’s Maoists,” and “The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, the Folk Artists and the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA 1939–1956.”
Thursday, June 22, 7:00 p.m.
The Darby Family Screening Room
Bob Dylan Center
116 E. Reconciliation Way, Tulsa, OK 74103
$10 general admission
Free for Bob Dylan Center members