CANCELLED - Glenn Hendler - "Diamond Dogs" - with Gretchen Helfrich

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Glenn Hendler

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

Glenn Hendler will discuss Diamond Dogs. He will be in conversation with Gretchen Helfrich. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: After his breakthrough with Ziggy Stardust and before his U.S. pop hits Fame and Golden Years David Bowie produced a dark and difficult concept album set in a post-apocalyptic "Hunger City" populated by post-human "mutants." Diamond Dogs includes the great glam anthem "Rebel Rebel" and utterly unique songs that combine lush romantic piano and nearly operatic singing with scratching, grungy guitars, creepy, insidious noises, and dark, pessimistic lyrics that reflect the album's origins in a projected Broadway musical version of Orwell's 1984 and Bowie's formative encounter with William S. Burroughs. In this book Glenn Hendler shows that each song on Diamond Dogs shifts the ground under you as you listen, not just by changing in musical style, but by being sung by a different "I" who directly addresses a different "you." Diamond Dogs is the product of a performer at the peak of his powers but uncomfortable with the rock star role he had constructed. All of the album's influences looked to Bowie like ways of escaping not just the Ziggy role, but also the constraints of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. These are just some of the reasons many Bowie fans rate Diamond Dogs his richest and most important album of the 1970s.

About the author: Glenn Hendler is Professor of English and American Studies at Fordham University in New York. Formerly a resident of Chicago for many years and once a faculty member at Notre Dame, he is author or editor of several books, including Public Sentiments: Structures of Feeling in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2001) and three editions of Keywords for American Cultural Studies (with Bruce Burgett, 2007/2014/2020).

About the interlocutor: Gretchen Helfrich is the former host of Odyssey, a daily talk show of ideas, which aired on Chicago Public Radio and numerous stations across the country from 1998 to 2005. After working in radio for twelve years, Gretchen went to law school at the University of Chicago and now works at the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637