City Slang: Don Was goes back to school

On Monday, September 26, Don Was will be at the University of Michigan in Dearborn for a private classroom lecture and public talk on the campus grounds.

According to a statement from Was’ people, “Native Detroiter, co-founder of the band Was (Not Was) and multiple Grammy Award winner Don Was is best known for producing some of the most influential artists of the past several decades, with combined sales of 120 million albums worldwide. His client list includes the Rolling Stones (every release since 1994), Bob Dylan, Elton John, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Ringo Starr, Iggy Pop, the B-52s and Bonnie Raitt, whose Was-produced Nick of Time scored the 1990 Album of the Year Grammy; he also took home the 1995 Grammy for Producer of the Year. Most recently, he has made records with Lucinda Williams, Ziggy Marley, Michael Grimm, Scotty McCreery and John Mayer; appeared as a guest producer on Season 10 of TV’s top-rated show, American Idol; and assumed the role of Chief Creative Officer at Blue Note Records.”

With all of that in mind, who better to speak to budding musicians at the UofM? The private lesson will focus on the history of jazz with lecturer Marion Hayden. Of more interest to most of us though, the public talk will be in Room 1030 of the CASL Building on the Dearborn campus. It will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception and complimentary refreshments, then there will be remarks and moderated Q&A between 6 and 7.30. The event is sponsored by College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Cultural Events Program, University of Michigan – Dearborn.

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