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Jonathan Taplin and Sean Wilentz in conversation at Labyrinth Books


Tuesday, October 12 | 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Jonathan Taplin’s extraordinary journey has put him at the crest of every major cultural wave in the past half century. He was tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band in the ’60s, producer of major films in the ’70s, an executive at Merrill Lynch in the ’80s, creator of the internet’s first video-on-demand service in the ’90s, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology and the new millenium. Join us for a discussion between this right-hand man to some of the greatest talents of both pop culture and the underground and Princeton history professor and music critic Sean Wilentz.

With cameos by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Martin Scorsese, and countless other icons, The Magic Years is both a rock memoir and a work of cultural criticism from a key player who watched a nation turn from idealism to nihilism. Taplin makes a strong case for art’s power to deliver us from “passionless detachment” and rekindle our humanism.

This event is ticketed but free. It is a virtual event that will be hosted by Labyrinth Books on the Crowdcast platform. Donations in any amount are much appreciated and directly support Labyrinth’s events programming.

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About the Speaker

Jonathan Taplin

Jonathan Taplin

Jonathan Taplin is an author and director emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, published by Little, Brown & Company, was nominated by the Financial Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2017. Taplin has produced music and film for Bob Dylan and the Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant, and many others. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first streaming video-on-demand platform in 1996.

Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He was a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 2003 to 2016. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently sits on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Americana Music Association, and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s Technology and Innovation Council. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Medium, the Washington Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal.

 


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