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Wilentz receives Grammy nomination

Professor Sean Wilentz has received a Grammy Award nomination for his album notes that accompanied Bob Dylan's two-CD set released in the spring.

Wilentz, the David-Stockton Professor of History and director of Princeton's Program in American Studies, wrote an essay that accompanied "The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964 -- Concert at Philharmonic Hall."

The historian-in-residence on the musician's official Web site , Wilentz was asked by Dylan's management to write the album notes. Wilentz, who has written several articles about Dylan, attended Dylan's Philharmonic Hall concert in New York when he was 13 years old. The 52-page booklet documents Wilentz's memories of the performance and the musical, historical and social significance of the event held on Halloween night in 1964.

"I tried to capture what it was like to be a 13-year-old at the concert and my amazement without being coy," Wilentz said. "But at the same time as a historian, I tried to put the event in its proper historical context in American and world politics and in the life of New York City."

The Grammy Awards are presented by the Recording Academy. Wilentz said he learned of his nomination through e-mail messages from friends in the music business, adding that the news took him completely by surprise. He is not sure whether he will fly to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony, which will air live at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, on CBS.

Contact: Lauren Robinson-Brown (609) 258-3601

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