Joe Walsh, Mike Stoller, Peter Asher and Dan Wilson are among the songwriters lined up to speak at UCLA's new course within the music industry minor at the school.
Taught by documentarian, writer and TV producer David Leaf, the course is designed to bring together legendary songwriters, music publishing executives and industry lawyers to talk about the evolution of careers. The April 30 course, for example will feature the Go-Go's' Charlotte Caffey and former I.R.S. Records executive Jay Boberg.
"It's not a greatest hits show -- more of a life in song," Leaf tells billboard.biz. "While the emphasis is on the creative, we want to give students a view of the other aspects of the songwriting business."
Leaf credits ASCAP's Loretta Munoz, BMI's Barbara Cane and Universal Music Group's Sujata Murthy for their help in getting top-notch speakers for the class. Others booked this semester to speak and dissect their music from behind a piano are Jimmy Webb, BMI's Del Bryant, Richard Carpenter, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry and Lamont Dozier.
"I felt there was a renaissance in songwriting between 1955 and the early '90s that makes it a great era for songs, in my opinion the best songwriting era in the 20th century," says Leaf, who also teaches a course on music documentaries at UCLA.