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WSP 09 — Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Apr 22—Apr 29
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 15
Unit: 1
Tuition: $245
Instructor(s): Ken Berman
Limit: 40
On-campus course
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Apr 22—Apr 29
2 days
Drop By
Apr 15
1 Unit
Ken Berman
Widely acknowledged as the single most important and influential singer-songwriter in the English-speaking world, Bob Dylan has seen his music copied, covered, and analyzed more than any other living popular artist. In his more than fifty-year career, he has written and recorded more than 450 original songs and has sold almost 60 million albums. Dylan, now a Nobel Laureate, is at once a cultural icon and one of the most recognizable personalities alive, yet at the same time, he remains an enigma. Through close listening to his recordings, we will take a journey through Dylan’s everchanging world and follow this real-life troubadour from his formative years in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the early 1960s, through the turbulent and electrified decades that followed, from Woodstock to Nashville to Los Angeles and beyond. Prepare to be amazed and enlightened as we recapture, through rare recorded works, videos, and words, a snapshot of his mercurial genius. The first day of the workshop will focus on his origins and growth from 1961 through 1973; the second day will concentrate on a close study of his work beginning with the groundbreaking Blood on the Tracks in 1975 through his 2016 release, Fallen Angels.

Ken Berman, Music Faculty, UC Berkeley

Ken Berman, a jazz pianist and composer, has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Yoshi’s, Detroit’s Fox Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Sunside in Paris, and Stanford’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium with Kai Eckhardt, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Akira Tana, Bob Moses, Hadrien Feraud, and many others. His latest release, Sound Poetry, contains a tribute to Bob Dylan entitled “Old Dylan.”

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Bob Dylan , Chronicles (Required readiing if you are taking this workshop for credit) (ISBN 978-0743244589)
(Recommended) Howard Sounes, Down The Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (Required reading if you are taking this workshop for credit) (ISBN 978-0802145529)