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The Influence of the Beatles & Bob Dylan


Adult Enrichment / ACE Highlights -
Winter 2022

In many significant ways, the Beatles and Bob Dylan influenced an entire generation. But how did they influence each other? Some of their interactions in the mid-1960s were obvious examples, with Dylan’s lyrics inspiring the expanded lyrical content in the songwriting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and future fellow Wilbury George Harrison, and the Fabs' Mersey Beat was a catalyst in Dylan's decision to "Go Electric." Yet by the end of the decade, they had switched places, with the Beatles lyrics - psychedelic and otherwise - becoming increasingly poetic, while Dylan (temporarily) simplified his lyrics on albums like 1969’s Nashville Skyline. But their influences go back much further and deeper than that. Dylan originally wanted to be Little Richard, while all Liverpool bands began by playing “skiffle” music, influenced by Woody Guthrie acolyte Lonnie Donegan.

Using audio, literary, and video evidence, The Influence the Beatles & Bob Dylan had on each other, will be a two-hour exploration of the two most influential musical entities of the 1960s, from their earliest influences to their many collaborations, compositions, quotes, and tributes by and about each other over the past 50 years.  

Harold Lepidus

Harold Lepidus is the author of Friends and Other Strangers: Bob Dylan Examined (Oakmoor Publishing/Bennion Kearney), a collection of articles connecting Dylan with over 120 musicians, filmmakers, actors, artists, politicians, critics, and fans. In 2019, he spoke at the World of Bob Dylan symposium in Tulsa, Oklahoma, home of the official Bob Dylan Archives. He wrote a music column for Blasting News and a blog for No Depression, and recently launched his own podcast, THE BOSTON HAROLD.

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HL-Beatles

  Harold Lepidus


Online
Tuesday, Feb 8
6:30 - 8:30 PM

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Price: $ 35 00