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Music Americana
Rediscovering Music On Film
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Film portrayal of music and musicians is a complex art, often dependent on live performance, but it is also a subject for films with questions to ask and stories to tell, fictional or real. Whether presenting songs from the stage, re-creating the authentic music of a lavish film production, or discovering performing musicians in their element, the artists behind music in films bring a new understanding to the music.
1. The Songs of Jerry Herman: Mame, Oh Dolly, La Cage Aux Folles. The life and work of this great Broadway composer.
2. Behind The Scenes: All My Loving, Charlie Is My Darling, Monterey Pop. Acclaimed 1960s documentaries reveal the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and other artists. 
3. T Bone Burnett: Producing Traditional Music for O Brother, Cold Mountain, Walk The Line, Inside Llewelyn Davis and numerous other roots music films.
4. Rediscovering The Lost: Buena Vista Social Club, Searching For Sugarman. Artists seemingly forgotten by time, restored to the public in brilliant form by documentary work.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973.  He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and has released eleven CDs, including the 2011 releases Songs of Freedom and Dylan Jam + 2 with his group, Big Brass Bed.  He performs at festivals, at and concerts, and in clubs locally and throughout North America and Europe.  He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by the New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians" of Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post.  Previous Music Americana courses include The Birth of Rock & Roll, The Great American Songbook, and Mastery Of The Art.

Time: 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Date: Wednesdays, March 19, 26; April 2, 9
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $34 member / $54 non-member

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