Important Jewish-American Songwriters (1950-2000) *NEW* *Online*

A considerable percentage of the most successful popular songwriters of the first half of the 20th century were Jewish. Thesecond half of the century produced a different kind of Jewish songwriter. Then in the mid-1960s, Bob Dylan almost singlehandedly transformed the popular song into something more literate, more political, more personal, and more emotionally complex. Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, and Randy Newman each found their own voice in exploring the lyrical trail that Dylan had blazed throughout their lengthy careers. Our analysis and discussion will look at these songs and their creators more specifically through four interpretive lenses—Jewish religion,Yiddish subculture, the interplay of Jewish-American and African-American music, and Jewish participation in Popular Front politics. Instructor: John Clark



Start Date

September 28, 2021









5 Tuesdays,7-8:30pm Begins Sep. 28

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Instructors: John Clark


John Clark

John Clark grew up in a small town in Ohio, attended college in Illinois and graduate school north of Boston. In the eighties he worked on the fringes of the music business in Nashville. Moving to Atlanta in 1992, he worked for Score Productions, compiling music and writing liner notes for the boxed set, History of Brunswick Records and a CD for the 1996 Cultural Olympiad called Celebrate Africa. He taught adult education for twenty years for Emory University and Mercer University, creating classes on Bob Dylan, 50s, 60s and American Roots music and a series called Lyrics as Literature as well as guest hosting on several Atlanta radio stations. He also lectures on American music history at senior residences, synagogues and libraries and has guest hosted on the MIT radio station, WMBR. John boasts a combined record and CD collection of over 8,000 recordings.