Clinton Heylin in Tulsa: Bob Dylan’s Definitive Biographer

Clinton Heylin, who was described by Rolling Stone in February 2016 as ‘perhaps the world’s authority on all things Dylan,’ will be visiting Tulsa on March 30th and 31st for the Dislocations and Migrations Symposium, hosted by COTA (Cultures of the Americas). Heylin will be a part of the panel, “Bob Dylan’s Travels across America,” and will share some of his insights on items in the Bob Dylan Archive with conference attendees. The theme of the panel connects Bob Dylan’s travels across America with the wider theme of movement and migration.

Aside from his definitive biography, Dylan Behind The Shades (Simon & Schuster, 1991; new edition Harper-Collins, 2001), which remains in print more than twenty years after publication having twice been revised, he also has published two bulky volumes detailing the histories of all 610 original Dylan songs, Revolution In The Air (Chicago Review Press, 2009) and Still On The Road (ditto, 2010). His previous works on Dylan include Stolen Moments: Dylan Day By Day (Schirmer, 1996), The Recording Sessions 1960-1994 (St Martin’s Press, 1995) and, most recently, JUDAS! (Route Books, 2016). He was also the co-founder of Wanted Man, The Dylan Information Office in 1981, and its most regular contributor to the quarterly magazine, The Telegraph prior to 1991.

He has been an invited speaker at Dylan conventions all around the world; in Britain, America, Australia and most recently, in Vienna and at a university conference in Potsdam in June 2013 on the subject of why Dylan should be nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature – as he now has been. He was also chosen as the annotator of the 2013 49-CD boxed-set of Dylan’s Complete Columbia Recordings by Sony, for which he was nominated for the 2014 ASCAP Drew Taylor Award; and he has contributed ‘historical notes’ for the 6-CD set of Basement Tapes released in November 2014 and for the 36-CD set of 1966 live recordings, released in November 2016, both by Sony Music

He is also a widely respected author of books on subjects as diverse as Bruce Springsteen (E Street Shuffle), Van Morrison (Can You Feel The Silence?), Orson Welles (Despite The System) and Shakespeare’s Sonnets (As Long As Men Can Breathe), and has compiled and annotated archival releases for Sony, Universal, Sanctuary, Virgin and various other labels. He has two history degrees, a BA from London and an MA from Sussex and has been for the last 25 years a full-time music and pop culture historian.”

In addition to his professional work, Heylin has seen Dylan perform about 150 times, starting at Earl’s Court on 18/6/78 and last at the London Palladium last April.

The panel will take place on Friday, March 30th at Helmerich Center for American Research/University of Tulsa Cultures of the Americas Symposium at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Seating is limited, and registration is required.

Registration dates: February 14 – March 23, 2018

$25/Gilcrease Museum members
$35/Not-yet members
$10/Non-TU Students and Educators

*TU STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS* There will be a limited number of complimentary tickets available for TU Faculty and Students. Please contact Alex Patterson at 918-631-6412 for additional information.

For more information on the conference, visit the Gilcrease site or the Facebook event page.

To register online, visit the registration page.