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Writing assignment week 3 on Bob Dylan.

Due Date: 11:59 pm EST Sunday of Unit 3
Points: 100
For each week in our course, you will consider music as a cultural artifact and be
assigned either a piece of music or a specific musical artist to explore and analyze for
the week. This week, you will be listening to music by Bob Dylan. As you have read this
week, Bob Dylan’s music changed the face of popular music in the 1960s, especially in
terms of song writing. His music was also often considered protest music.
In addition to your etextbook, you should expect to complete some research online to
respond to these questions. Be sure to use vetted resources—if you aren’t sure what a
reliable source is, remember, you can use the CRAP test to determine if your source is
Resources that might help you:
• Untold Dylan. (n.d.). WordPress.
• The Bob Dylan Project. (n.d.). Intuitive IT.
• On the internet or your phone, listen to TWO of the following songs written and
performed by Bob Dylan from the list below:
o Hard Times in New York Town
o Talkin’ John Burch Society Blues
o The Ballad of Donald White
o Oxford Town
o Only a Pawn in Their Game
o North Country Blues
o The Times they are a-Changing
o The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
o Chimes of Freedom
o Desolation Row
o Blowin’ in the Wind
o Ye Playboys and Playgirls
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Unit 3 – Bob Dylan – Music as a Cultural Artifact – Guided Listening Assignment

• After listening to your TWO selections, answer the following questions in a word document:
o Share a brief biography of Bob Dylan?
o What are the lyrics of each of the songs that you chose?
o What are the socio-cultural issues that Dylan is attempting to address in each song? Is he successful in addressing these issues in these songs?
o What is the date that the original music was written? What is the date that this original recording was made/released ?
o The recordings above have Dylan performing these pieces of music. Who else has recorded the two songs you have chosen? Find one YouTube recording of “covers” of each the two songs you have chosen if they are available. If nothing is available, please indicate that as well.
o List the instruments you hear in these recordings. Are each of these songs the same or different instrumentation?
o What was your favorite thing about the performances/recordings?
o What emotions did the performances/recordings make you feel when you heard it?
• Two to three pages in length, excluding the Reference page.
• APA format, including an in-text citation for referenced works.
• At least four resources.
Be sure to read the criteria by which your work will be evaluated before you write and again after you write.

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