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Elijah Wald

Musician, Cultural Historian, Teacher, and Author of "Dylan Goes Electric!"

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Elijah Wald Biography

Elijah Wald started playing guitar after seeing his first Pete Seeger concert at age seven. Since then, he has gone on to travel around the world playing, studying, and reporting on all kinds of music. With an interdisciplinary PhD in ethnomusicology and sociolinguistics, Wald has taught in the musicology department at UCLA and done original research on several categories of popular music. His work explores a broad spectrum of music within sociocultural contexts.

Wald's previous titles include Escaping the Delta, a look at the life of blues legend Robert Johnson that explores his broad role in American culture and his influence on later blues and rock, and Narcocorrido, a journey into the Mexican ballads of drug smuggling and immigration that shows how these tales of illegality and danger hold significance from multiple political and cultural perspectives.

With the release of his new book, Dylan Goes Electric!, Wald travels around the world speaking on the significance of the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary. His expertise in pop music and changing technologies, ranging genres, from early blues to the folk revival, and the way women have come to rule pop music make Wald a diverse and memorable choice. Your audience will be informed and entertained as Wald incorporates live music and plays guitar during his presentation, complimenting his remarkable knowledge base in a truly unique way!

Speaking Topics
  • The Blues in American Music

  • Narcos and Mojados—Mexican Legends of Drug Smuggling and Immigration

  • The Folk Revival and the Invention of Authenticity

  • Pop Music and Changing Technologies

  • How Women Have Ruled Pop Music (And How Men Have Denied That Reality)

  • Dylan Goes Electric! The Night that Split the Sixties

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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

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  • How do I book Elijah Wald to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Elijah Wald for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Elijah Wald, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Elijah Wald or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Elijah Wald

    Speaking fees for Elijah Wald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Elijah Wald are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Elijah Wald, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Elijah Wald speak about?

    Elijah Wald is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Culture, Education, Entertainers, Entertainment, Music, Speakers by Industry, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Elijah Wald travel from?

    Elijah Wald generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Elijah Wald’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Elijah Wald for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Elijah Wald for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Elijah Wald or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Musician, Cultural Historian, Teacher, and Author of "Dylan Goes Electric!"

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Elijah Wald Biography

Elijah Wald started playing guitar after seeing his first Pete Seeger concert at age seven. Since then, he has gone on to travel around the world playing, studying, and reporting on all kinds of music. With an interdisciplinary PhD in ethnomusicology and sociolinguistics, Wald has taught in the musicology department at UCLA and done original research on several categories of popular music. His work explores a broad spectrum of music within sociocultural contexts.

Wald's previous titles include Escaping the Delta, a look at the life of blues legend Robert Johnson that explores his broad role in American culture and his influence on later blues and rock, and Narcocorrido, a journey into the Mexican ballads of drug smuggling and immigration that shows how these tales of illegality and danger hold significance from multiple political and cultural perspectives.

With the release of his new book, Dylan Goes Electric!, Wald travels around the world speaking on the significance of the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary. His expertise in pop music and changing technologies, ranging genres, from early blues to the folk revival, and the way women have come to rule pop music make Wald a diverse and memorable choice. Your audience will be informed and entertained as Wald incorporates live music and plays guitar during his presentation, complimenting his remarkable knowledge base in a truly unique way!

Elijah Wald Speaking Topics

  • The Blues in American Music

  • Narcos and Mojados—Mexican Legends of Drug Smuggling and Immigration

  • The Folk Revival and the Invention of Authenticity

  • Pop Music and Changing Technologies

  • How Women Have Ruled Pop Music (And How Men Have Denied That Reality)

  • Dylan Goes Electric! The Night that Split the Sixties

Elijah Wald Videos

  • Robert Johnson's Contribution to the Blues

Elijah Wald Books

FAQs on booking Elijah Wald

  • How do I book Elijah Wald to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Elijah Wald for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Elijah Wald, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Elijah Wald or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Elijah Wald

    Speaking fees for Elijah Wald, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Elijah Wald are under $10,000 for live events and under $10,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Elijah Wald, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Elijah Wald speak about?

    Elijah Wald is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Culture, Education, Entertainers, Entertainment, Music, Speakers by Industry, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Elijah Wald travel from?

    Elijah Wald generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Elijah Wald’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Elijah Wald for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Elijah Wald for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Elijah Wald or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Elijah Wald is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Blues in American Music, Narcos and Mojados—Mexican Legends of Drug Smuggling and Immigration, The Folk Revival and the Invention of Authenticity, Pop Music and Changing Technologies, How Women Have Ruled Pop Music (And How Men Have Denied That Reality) and Dylan Goes Electric! The Night that Split the Sixties. The estimated speaking fee range to book Elijah Wald for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Elijah Wald generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Rita Moreno, Adam Cole, Jennifer Daniels, Bonafide Rojas and Adam Ockelford. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Elijah Wald for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Elijah Wald Speaking Topics

  • The Blues in American Music

  • Narcos and Mojados—Mexican Legends of Drug Smuggling and Immigration

  • The Folk Revival and the Invention of Authenticity

  • Pop Music and Changing Technologies

  • How Women Have Ruled Pop Music (And How Men Have Denied That Reality)

  • Dylan Goes Electric! The Night that Split the Sixties

Elijah Wald Speaker Videos

  • Robert Johnson's Contribution to the Blues

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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