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Jonathan Taplin in conversation with Wim Wenders via A Cappella Books

May 9, 2021 | 11:00 am 12:00 pm

In his new memoir, longtime veteran of the music and film industries Jonathan Taplin chronicles the extraordinary journey which put him at the crest of every significant cultural wave in the past half-century.

A Cappella Books proudly presents Taplin in conversation trailblazing filmmaker, photographer, and author Wim Wenders for a discussion of The Magic Years: Scenes from a Rock-and-Roll Life.

This event is free and open to the public. Register below to ensure your spot.

Wim Wenders (born 1945) is considered one of the pioneers of the New German Cinema of the 1970s and one of the most important representatives of contemporary cinema.

In addition to multi-award-winning feature films, such as Paris, Texas (1984) and Wings of Desire (1987), he has also created several innovative documentaries such as Pina, Buena Vista Social Club, The Salt of the Earth, and Pope Francis – A Man of His Word. Wenders is a director, producer, photographer, and author; his photographic work has been exhibited in museums around the world, and his output includes numerous photo books, film books, and collections of essays.

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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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