Events, Music, Southern Folklife Collection

Memphis Musician Jim Dickinson To Be Remembered Feb. 15

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

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
3:45 p.m.

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.

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7 Responses to “Memphis Musician Jim Dickinson To Be Remembered Feb. 15”

  1. Hi,
    WIll these events be archived so that viewing or listening later will be possible? I live in New York and I’m writing a book on Alex Chilton to be published in 2012 and would very much like to hear or view the Dickinson and Big Star presentations. (I also happen to be a UNC-CH alumnus.)

    Posted by Holly George-Warren | February 13, 2011, 12:31 pm
  2. Hi, I have the same question as Holly. I will not be able to attend tomorrow and was hoping that I could watch it at a later date.


    Posted by Raymond Jenkins | February 14, 2011, 6:27 pm
  3. Thanks, Raymond and Holly, for your interest in this event. We’re hoping to be able to record, but not positive. Check back here for an update if we’re able to make it work, or on the Facebook page of the Southern Folklife Collection:
    –Judy Panitch
    Director of Library Communications

    Posted by Library Staff | February 15, 2011, 9:20 am
  4. I often come back to Memphis when I’m visting the USA for pleasure/holidays. I love the city and the music and it’s musicians. Sad to hear, Mr. Dickinson past away.

    Posted by Oldies DJ | September 23, 2011, 8:51 am


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