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Stanford Persevering with Research Providing a Course on the Historical past & Music of the Grateful Lifeless, Taught by David Gans: Begins on Monday, January 22

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A fast heads up: On Mon­day, Stan­ford Con­tin­u­ing Stud­ies will kick off a web based course known as Psy­che­delia and Groove: The Music and Cul­ture of the Grate­ful Lifeless. Taught by David Gans (writer of Play­ing within the Band: An Oral and Visu­al Por­trait of the Grate­ful Lifeless), the course obtained a pleasant shout out from drum­mer Mick­ey Hart on Insta­gram. Open to any grownup, the course descrip­tion reads:

The Grate­ful Lifeless­’s floor­break­ing fusion of music, coun­ter­cul­ture, and com­mu­ni­ty interact­ment solid an endur­ing lega­cy that tran­scends gen­er­a­tions whereas shap­ing the evo­lu­tion of music and cul­tur­al expres­sion. Recent off the farewell per­for­mance of Lifeless & Com­pa­ny in San Fran­cis­co in July, this course invitations stu­dents to delve into the phe­nom­e­non that’s the Grate­ful Lifeless by a cap­ti­vat­ing explo­ration of the band’s his­to­ry, music, and cul­tur­al influence.

The course will begin by trac­ing the band’s evo­lu­tion, from its hum­ble start­nings to its leg­endary sta­tus as some of the influ­en­tial bands in music his­to­ry. We’ll discover the band’s for­ma­tion, the ear­ly San Fran­cis­co music scene, its distinctive strategy to tour­ing, and the var­i­ous eras of its exis­tence. We’ll subsequent embark on a son­ic jour­ney by the band’s various and ever-evolv­ing musi­cal cat­a­log. Stu­dents will dis­sect the dis­tinc­tive mix of rock, people, blues, and impro­vi­sa­tion that outlined the Grate­ful Lifeless­’s sound.

Remaining­ly, we’ll examination­ine the band’s cul­tur­al influence on soci­ety, div­ing into the band’s con­nec­tion to artwork, lit­er­a­ture, and social change, in addition to its distinctive fan cul­ture and the phe­nom­e­non of the “Lifeless­head.” By the tip of the course, stu­dents may have a well-round­ed appre­ci­a­tion for the roots, strug­gles, and mile­stones that formed the Grate­ful Lifeless’s tra­jec­to­ry, an beneath­stand­ing of its professional­discovered influence on music and cul­ture, and perception right into a lega­cy that also res­onates deeply right now.

Visitor communicate­ers for this course will embody Steve Sil­ber­man, who was fea­tured within the doc­u­males­tary Lengthy Unusual Journey and is a reg­u­lar voice on the Good Ol’ Grate­ful Lifeless­forged. He’s additionally a co-author of Skele­ton Key: A Dic­tio­nary for Lifeless­heads.

Once more, the course begins on Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 22. Tuition is $405. You can enroll right here.

Relat­ed Con­tent 

Stream a Mas­sive Archive of Grate­ful Lifeless Con­certs from 1965–1995

The Grate­ful Lifeless Film: Watch It Free On-line

How the Grate­ful Lifeless’s “Wall of Sound”–a Mon­ster, 600-Communicate­er Sound System–Modified Rock Con­certs & Reside Music For­ev­er

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