The Search for Blind Lemon: Jim Dickinson’s Legacy
Program with Mary Lindsay Dickinson
2:30 p.m. (followed by coffee break)
The (R)evolution of Big Star’s Album Third/Sister Lovers
Chris Stamey interviews Jody Stephens and John Fry
The late Memphis musician and record producer Jim Dickinson will be remembered in an afternoon of programming Feb. 15 in the Wilson Special Collections Library.
Dickinson was at the center of the Memphis scene in the 1960s and 70s. He worked and performed with artists including The Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan.
At 2:30 p.m., Dickinson’s widow, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, will present “The Search for Blind Lemon: Jim Dickinson’s legacy,” using music, photos, and text from the memoirs that her husband wrote in 2008, a year before his death.
At 3:45 p.m., musician and record producer Chris Stamey, will conduct a Skype interview with Jody Stephens of the band Big Star and John Fry, founder of Ardent Studios in Memphis. They will discuss the Big Star’s album Third/Sister Lovers, which Dickinson produced and Fry engineered.
Stamey will appear with a live string quartet that will play excerpts from the musical score. He will also share video and audio recordings that detail the making of the record. Later in the evening, Stamey will perform at UNC’s Historic Playmakers Theater as part of the Big Star’s Third acoustic program.
Dickinson’s musical career spanned four decades, starting as a sought-after session player and member of the Dixie Flyers, the house band for Atlantic Records. In 1971, The Rolling Stones brought Dickinson in to add his soulful piano touch to their classic ballad “Wild Horses.”
In 1972, Dickinson released his first solo album, Dixie Fried, which featured songs by Bob Dylan, a longtime friend and collaborator. Dylan acknowledged Dickinson as a “brother” while accepting a Grammy award for his “comeback” album Time Out of Mind, which featured Dickinson’s piano work.
The program is sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in Wilson Library, Friends of the Library, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Department of American Studies, and the Folklore Program.