Thursday Forum finale to rock with Dylan, Beatles and Stones

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Marc Falk
Marc Falk
Associate Professor of Music
Steve Shanley
Steve Shanley
Assistant Professor of Music

The Thursday Forum academic calendar ends on a high note in April with "The Evolution of 1960s Rock 'n' Roll: A Closer Look at Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones."

The series focuses on the changes, evolution, invention and re-invention of rock 'n' roll as heard in the 1960s music of Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Music professors Marc Falk and Steve Shanley begin April 7 by tracing the roots of early rock, and then look at these three artists as they influenced one another both musically and culturally.

Participants will then take a more in-depth look at critical albums from each artist. The series will examine Dylan's role as a catalyst for social change, and his musical shift from a purer folk to "folk-rock" and beyond, with an emphasis on his albums "Highway 61 Revisited" (1965) and "Blonde on Blonde" (1966).

The Beatles' session will focus on their 1967 classic "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and how they got there with "Rubber Soul" (1965) and "Revolver" (1966), and where they went from there.

Finally, the Rolling Stones played a pivotal role in the 1960s as standard bearers for R & B and the blues, and musical forefathers of any number of rebellious rock 'n' roll styles. Participants will take a closer look at the Beatles/Stones split, and a deeper listen to their late 1960s albums "Beggars Banquet" (1968) and "Let It Bleed" (1969).

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with registration and refreshments from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. An optional luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call (319) 399-8523.

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