What is the course about?
This course will focus on the first decade of Dylan’s career, with a particular emphasis on cultural and political aspects of the 1960s as they relate to his music. We will examine the context of the American Folk Music Revival and Dylan’s place in it, and the significance of his changes of direction.
What will we cover?
- An introduction to the American folk revival and Dylan’s early influences
- A cultural history of the 1960s: Dylan’s impact on his contemporaries; his place in the Civil Right Movement
- The wider context of Dylan’s song writing and its development through his early career.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Demonstrate an appreciation of Dylan’s landmark albums including Freewheelin’, The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Blonde On Blonde
- Place Dylan’s work within a wider cultural and political context
- Demonstrate a deeper understanding of Dylan’s place within contemporary popular music.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners although there will be some discussion of musical themes and ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with short lectures, discussion, listening, tutorials and handouts. The course will use a variety of materials including audio recordings and film footage.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. However, you may wish to buy some of the music or books recommended in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend: (MD808) David Bowie: Changes - a musical history
To find out more about music appreciation classes and to read some of our recommendations, please see the blog post Music history and appreciation: the 2018/19 programme which lists our full programme of classes listed by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details