Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Louie Kemp Book Signing Agenda for Thursday Evening at Karpeles

Joan, Louie, Bob and a pooch.
C.S. Lewis, in his book The Four Loves, dissects the meanings of the four Greek words that have been translated as "love" in the English language. They are Storge (Affection Love), Phileo (Friendship Love), Eros (Romantic Love) and Agape (Divine Love).

Friendship love begins as a kind of companionship. What I remember most about Lewis' description of Phileo is how you may go separate ways, but when your lives cross again ten years later, that resonance, that special bond you shared will pick up precisely where you left off.

When I moved to New Jersey in 1964, the year I turned 12, it was the beginning of a companionship relationship with the kid next door who was 11 and a grade behind me. The six years Tom and I were neighbors we shared many adventures, some pretty wild ones. After graduation, his life and mine diverged significantly. I was college bound, he was to become a biker.

Over the course of many decades we may have gotten together once every ten years, but that special bond we built as kids had been established. As different as our lives were--I had a career in advertising and PR, he a borderline outlaw with a heart of gold--it was always good to re-connect.

This is what I saw in Louie Kemp's Dylan & Me. For myself, the big takeaway was how Bobby Zimmerman never got so famous that he was too cool for her Herzl Camp companions Larry and Louie. Their lives were not parallel, but they periodically intersected, most notably in the Rolling Thunder Revue.

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Duluth Armory, where Louie and Bob went to see Buddy Holly
and the Winter Dance Party.
Tomorrow evening, August 15, Louie Kemp will be speaking at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum as part of the John Bushey Memorial Lecture Series.

The event will kick off at 5:30 PM with music by Gene LaFond, Amy Grillo and Dave Bennett, followed by the lecture from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Following the lecture Louie Kemp will be on hand to sell and sign his new memoir hot off the press.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 902 East First Street in Duluth. The evening’s agenda is:
5:30-6:30 PM Reception and Music with Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo (includes refreshments and appetizers courtesy Valentini's and Super One Liquor.)
6:30-7:30 PM Louie Kemp Lecture
7:30-8:30 PM Book signing

The event is free.

This will be the last chance to see the 2019 Bob Dylan Exhibit from the William Pagel Archives.
Books will be for sale that evening.

 To learn more about Louie Kemp’s book visit:

Promo Copy from Announcement
This uniquely intimate lecture and memoir of a lifelong friendship with Bob Dylan offers never-before-told stories, behind-the-scenes glimpses, rare photos, and affectionate anecdotes about one of the key figures in American music and letters. With a cast of characters that includes Marlon Brando, Cher, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Dennis Hopper, Louie's mother, and many more, Dylan & Me is a "backstage pass" to Louie and Bob's life, friendships, and music by the guy who was there every step of the way.

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Karpeles will be Louie Kemp's fifth stop on this Minnesota Tour, having signed books at four locations in the Twin Cities this week. You can read some of the reviews and interviews that have been shared by clicking on the following links:

Bob Dylan’s Best Friend Louie Kemp Breaks Silence With New Book ‘Dylan And Me’

Louis Kemp Memoir Pulls Back the Curtain on Bob Dylan

From summer camp to stardom, his friendship with Bob Dylan spanned 50 years

10 things we learned about Bob Dylan from his friend's book

The Astonishingly Menschy Side Of Bob Dylan . by Dan Epstein

WCCO Interview: Louie Kemp Details Bob Dylan Friendship In New Book

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