Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2011

Mainz Dylan Symposium, May 26, 2011 (Part 2 of 3 attended and taped)

The second presentation was by Prof. Dr. Knut Wenzel (Frankfurt), entitled "Bob Dylan, die Stimme und die Zeit" (Bob Dylan - the Voice and the Time).

Actually, this was rather good. Prof. Dr. Kurt Wenzel (Catholic Theology/German Literature) of Frankfurt University tried to present Dylan (and his changing voice -- on released recordings) within a historical context, with Dylan's voice changing as the "times were a-changin'".

After the presentation, during a coffee break, I had an interesting conversation (I disagreed on a few points) with him, mainly emphasising that Dylan's released recordings are entirely inadequate for an analysis of that kind (for example, the controversy about the authenticity of the Karen Wallace Tape because of Dylan's voice on this early Pre-Columbian recording sounding rather similar to that of Nashville Skyline).

All in all, quite enjoyable and interesting (with a few minor inaccuracies due to the inadequacy of having to use Dylan's released "canon" only).

© by Prof. Dr. Knut Wenzel, 2011
Presented for the purpose of study and research only (in accordance with "fair use" criteria). 

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