In the last semester, the course focused on how Bob Dylan's words and music influenced, and were influenced by, American culture. It is said that Dylan opened up a door for artists who came after him, or that perhaps he just came along at a time when popular culture was ready for artists who could deliver something more than simple pop tunes. The music critic Dave Marsh wrote, "Without Bob Dylan there would be no popular music as we understand it today." In the fall semester we will look at other singer/song writers who followed Dylan's lead and succeeded in writing poetry and lyrics that had relevance to the important issues of their times.
We will study critical reviews, biographies, film clips, interviews, and, of course, the words and music of the leading popular singer/song writers of the late 20th century. Related aspects of 20th century culture and history will also be discussed.
The plan is to select artists and songs for study according to students' interests. Students will be given the opportunity to take the lead in the presentation of material or in discussions. Thus the plan is left open at this time, but in each of the eight sessions, we will study the life, times and work of at least one artist.
More information and links to resources will be posted on the course web page:
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