Roger McGuinn will appear as the headline attraction at the World of Bob Dylan conference, in conversation with music journalist Jeff Slate, on Saturday, June 1.
McGuinn is one of the seminal figures in the history of rock and roll. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, he was part of the early-1960s folk movement, before moving to Los Angeles and founding The Byrds, whose first single was Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” a Number One hit. Over the next decade, the band scored countless hits and became a must-see live act. Throughout, McGuinn and The Byrds maintained a close personal and artistic relationship with Dylan.
In 1975, McGuinn was part of Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Review tour, which is the subject of a forthcoming documentary by Martin Scorcese, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, in which McGuinn appears.
McGuinn toured again with Dylan (and Tom Petty) in the mid-1980s, and the pair appeared together at The Byrds’ final performance together in 1990.
In a rare treat for conference-goers, music journalist Jeff Slate (author of the liner notes for Bob Dylan’s recent Bootleg Series release More Blood, More Tracks) will interview McGuinn on stage in the Hyatt Regency ballroom. McGuinn will share stories – and will perform music – from his long and influential career, from the creation of folk-rock and his work with Bob Dylan, to his acclaimed Folk Den Project and triumphant, sold-out “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” tour with fellow former-Byrd Chris Hillman and country legend Marty Stuart.