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Lecture 23

ENGL 40761 Lecture 23: American Culture as Collage 4-20-17 class notes dylan 1

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ENGL 40761
Fredman Stephen

Bob Dylan (1) Class Notes 4/20/2017 “Subterranean Homesick Blues” - First “lyric video.” - History of music videos includes incorporation of visual, audio, lingual and temporal components. - Prior to lyric video -- silent films, editing/cuts, inter-titles (convey elements of plot). o Cab Calloway, Fleischer brothers – first music video; animation, rotoscoping - Bob Dylan – first lyric video (“star power”). - Karaoke and MTV (1980’s). - Youtube – plethora of unofficial music videos (contemporary). - Bruce Conner – “Breakaway” (1963) – music video with Toni Basil. - “Concert videos” – contemporary pop artists; incorporate artist identity with music. Summer of Love (1967) - Exhibition – San Francisco. - Bruce Conner; Wes Wilson; Paul Foster art. - “Acid Test.” - Psychedelic drug imitation. - Designers integrated patterns from different countries into clothing. - Poster Display; process of poster printing. Dylan and Folk Culture - Basement tapes (1967) – creation prompted by motorcycle accident that ended a scheduled tour. - “Big Pink” (House in Woodstock, NY) – folk music; not intended to be published; inspired by American Anthology of Folk Music. - Beginning of “bootleg industry.” - Unfinished tapes from summer recently released to group of artists to be finished; “Lost on the River” – communal, but individual (appealing).
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