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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 Useless. Taught by David Gans (creator of Playing within the Band: An Oral and Visual Portrait of the Grateful Useless), the course obtained a pleasant shout out from drummer Mickey Hart on Instagram. Open to any grownup, the course description reads:
The Grateful Useless’s floorbreaking fusion of music, counterculture, and community have interactionment solid an enduring legacy that transcends generations whereas shaping the evolution of music and cultural expression. Recent off the farewell performance of Useless & Company in San Francisco in July, this course invitations students to delve into the phenomenon that’s the Grateful Useless via a captivating exploration of the band’s history, music, and cultural affect.
The course will begin by tracing the band’s evolution, from its humble startnings to its legendary status as one of the crucial influential bands in music history. We are going to 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 via the band’s various and ever-evolving musical catalog. Students will dissect the distinctive mix of rock, folks, blues, and improvisation that outlined the Grateful Useless’s sound.
Remainingly, we’ll examinationine the band’s cultural affect 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 “Uselesshead.” By the tip of the course, students could have a well-rounded appreciation for the roots, struggles, and milestones that formed the Grateful Useless’s trajectory, an underneathstanding of its professionaldiscovered affect on music and culture, and perception right into a legacy that also resonates deeply immediately.
Visitor converseers for this course will embrace Steve Silberman, who was featured within the documalestary Lengthy Unusual Journey and is a regular voice on the Good Ol’ Grateful Uselesssolid. He’s additionally a co-author of Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Uselessheads.
Once more, the course begins on Monday, January 22. Tuition is $405. You’ll be able to enroll right here.
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