R120. Dylanology

Capital & Congress, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Thursday, February 9, 2017
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Five authors discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about Bob Dylan, how best to research material about his work, and what the impact of Dylanology has been on rock criticism and biography. Panelists debate the merits of rock writing in this era, as well as its relationship to the craft of literary nonfiction. Through the lens of Dylan criticism and biography, suggestions for how best to research, write, and shape books about Dylan's and other songwriters' lives and work are offered.



Toby Thompson is the author of five books of nonfiction: Positively Main Street—Bob Dylan's Minnesota, The '60s Report, Riding the Rough String—Reflections on the American West, Metroliner—Passages, Washington to New York, and Saloon. He teaches creative nonfiction writing at Penn State.

Ron Rosenbaum, the author of seven books, has written about Dylan extensively—for the Village Voice, New York MagazineThe New York Observer, and Slate. His Playboy interview with Dylan is considered one of the most revealing, and he has lectured on Dylan's spirituality at Stanford University. He's also writing a book.

David Kinney is author of three books of nonfiction: The Devil’s Diary, The Dylanologists, and The Big One. His journalism has appeared in newspapers around the country. At the Star-Ledger of Newark, he was a political reporter on the team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage.

Amanda Petrusich is a music journalist and the author of three books, including Do Not Sell at Any Price, about the rarefied world of 78rpm record collectors. She's a contributing writer for the New Yorker, and the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. She teaches writing and criticism at NYU.

Scott Warmuth is a writer and musician from Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is known for his controversial textual analysis of the work of Bob Dylan. In 2014, writer Jonah Raskin dubbed Warmuth the dean of Dylanologists.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center