AH 103: The Phenomenon of Bob Dylan. Class presentations available.

AH 103             THE PHENOMENON of BOB DYLAN:

                                  CULTURAL WEATHERVANE

Dylan_Lecture_1Perhaps the best known American songwriter of the second half of the 20th century, Bob Dylan has had a deep impact on American culture. Named one of the 100 most influential people of the century by Time magazine, he continues to perform and produce new and vital music today at age 72, as well as branching out into other modes of artistic expression. Yet he himself remains an enigmatic figure. This course will expose students to his recordings, videos and — through live performance — his songs. His lyrics will be reviewed and discussed.

Presenter/Developer: Howard Mirowitz, MBA is retired from the world of high tech business development and venture capital and is now a community volunteer, amateur mathematician and musician. He has also taught at UCI and has presented seven courses at OLLI. A fan and follower of Dylan since the early 1960s, Howard has contributed articles to blogs and fanzines such as ISIS.

April 25: Introduction and showing of D.A. Pennebaker’s classic rock & roll documentary Don’t Look Back with the first music video ever made.

Class Presentation: Dylan_Lecture_1

May 2: Dylan through the 1960s; his influence on American culture and music and American culture’s influence on him; relationships with other musicians and culturally significant figures.

Class Presentation: Dylan_Lecture_2

May 9: Dylan in the 1970s and 1980s; his seclusion, divorce, Rolling Thunder Revue and born-again Christian conversion.

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May 16: Never Ending Tour. Dylan’s present relevance. A showing of the film, Masked And Anonymous, written by Dylan and Larry Charles (writer for Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld).

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Fridays, April 25, May 2, 9, and 16

10:00 AM -12:00 Noon


Location:   Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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