UW-River Falls to host Bob Dylan musical tribute

October 20, 2016--The community is invited to a free celebration of the works of Bob Dylan, America's most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the second floor breezeway of the Davee Library. Space is limited and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Dairy Science Professor Dennis Cooper, known on the local musical scene as the lead singer in The Roqonteurs and as the Doq of Roq, will be speaking, singing, and playing guitar as he presents a brief celebration of the life and works of Dylan. Cooper is known for punctuating his musical performances with his deep knowledge of the music and the musicians and has long been influenced by Dylan.

"Dylan spoke to my generation about the times we were experiencing in the 1960s," Cooper said. "And he still speaks to us today."

Dylan was born in Duluth and grew up in Hibbing, Minn., on the Mesabi Iron Range. He transformed the art of folk music, his lyrics creating a whole new body of poetry with a wholly American voice. He has been compared to the nonconforming great American poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.

The event is sponsored by the UW-River Falls English Department. For more information, email

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