I, too, thought Baraka's poem wonderful.
I didn't much like the pseudo-Bobs. Much better to hear him than to hear
these people who mimiced him. Joan Baez at least sang Dylan like Baez. C
Ricks was one of a group (including Tracy Chapman and Patti Smith) that was
the talent for the NYer's Dylan benefit. From the Rolling Stone before the
New Yorker Fest Honors Dylan
Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith, others pay tribute to Dylan at
Bob Dylan will be the subject of a tribute/benefit as part of
The New Yorker
Festival, a three-day literary and arts festival in New York
City May 18-20.
The Dylan tribute, titled "The Work of Bob Dylan," will take
place at Town Hall
on May 18th and will include performances and discussions on
singer-songwriter's cultural influence. Tracy Chapman, Patti
Smith, T Bone
Burnett, Graham Parker, and the Esquires (a group featuring
David Rawlings and drummer David Steele) will be among the
lined up for the tribute, while writers including Rick Moody,
Bobbie Ann Mason,
Sam Shepard will also take part in the discussion.
Christopher Ricks (who has penned books on John Keats, T.S.
Eliot and Samuel
Beckett) will also lend his esteemed thoughts to the
proceedings, which will
benefit PEN, an organization comprised of writers and
editors, that aids writers in
financial or political need, as well as spearheading literacy
The event will be moderated by The New Yorker editor David
begins at 8 p.m. At 10:30 the same evening, High Fidelity
author Nick Hornby
will man the turntables and DJ a party at Shine.
Other events at The New Yorker Festival include an interview
with Public Enemy
frontman Chuck D by The New Yorker editor Ben Greenman at the
Guild Theater at 4:30 p.m. on May 19th, and an interview with
Rickie Lee Jones
by staff writer Hilton Als at 2 p.m. at Float on the same
Tickets for "The Work of Bob Dylan" are available through
tickets for all other events can be purchased through
1-866-LIT-FEST or www.telecharge.com. For more information on
Yorker Festival visit www.newyorkerfestival.com.
(April 6, 2001)