The next Speakers and Issues Series
at Midwestern State University will bring a noted biographer of rock musicians
to the campus. Peter Ames Carlin, who has written books about Paul Simon, Bruce
Springsteen, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCartney, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday,
April 11, at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas.
Bruce, Carlin’s 2012 biography of Springsteen, reached no. 4 on the
New York Times bestseller list. It follows
the American icon’s path from working class Freehold, New Jersey, to the
heights of rock ’n’ roll superstardom, the depths of chronic depression and
then further, to his status as the spokesman for hard-working dreamers all
around the world. Bruce is the first
biography in 25 years written with Springsteen’s cooperation.
Homeward Bound: The Life of Paul Simon, published in 2016, is the
first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in
American history. For Paul McCartney: A
Life, (2009) Ames focused on McCartney’s work and experiences as a
musician, writer and global icon from his earliest days with the Quarrymen in
Liverpool through his career with the Beatles, Wings, and his ongoing work as a
Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, & Redemption of the Beach Boys’ Brian
Wilson, also written with its subject’s cooperation, is the 2006 biography
of the brilliant songwriter, producer, musician, and performer. Along with
Wilson’s music and gothic story, Catch a
Wave analyzes Wilson and the Beach Boys’ influence as modern arbiters of
American archetypes, with particular focus on Wilson’s long-unfinished
masterwork Smile, whose unexpected
rebirth occurred in the midst of Carlin’s work on the book.
Books will be available for
purchase at the event, and Carlin will autograph them after the program.
Carlin, also a freelance
journalist, has been a senior writer at People,
and a feature writer at The Oregonian
in Portland, Oregon. He speaks often on music, writing, and popular culture. He
lives in Portland.
The Speakers and Issues Series
began in 2001 with the idea of bringing informed and creative speakers to the
academic and municipal communities. Since then, more than 20 speakers have come
to MSU from all corners of the country. It is supported by the Libra
Foundation, MSU’s Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the
Wichita Falls Times Record News, KCCU-FM NPR Radio, and KFDX-TV3.
Admission is free; donations
are welcome. Contact Assistant Professor of English Greg Giddings at firstname.lastname@example.org for