The community is invited to a free celebration of the works of Bob Dylan, America’s most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the second floor breezeway of the Davee Library at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Space is limited and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dairy science professor Dennis Cooper, known on the local musical scene as the lead singer in The Roqonteurs and as the Doq of Roq, will speak, sing and play guitar as he presents a brief celebration of the life and works of Dylan. Cooper is known for punctuating his musical performances with his knowledge of the music and musicians and has long been influenced by Dylan.
“Dylan spoke to my generation about the times we were experiencing in the 1960s,” Cooper said. “And he still speaks to us today.”
Dylan was born in Duluth and grew up in Hibbing, on the Mesabi Iron Range. He transformed the art of folk music, his lyrics creating a whole new body of poetry with a wholly American voice. He has been compared to the nonconforming great American poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
The event is sponsored by the UW-River Falls English Department. Info: Email [email protected]