From September 3 to December 10 (no class October 22), Richie Unterberger will teach a two-part, fourteen-week non-credit community education course on 1960s folk-rock on the Kentfield, California campus of the College of Marin. Meeting on Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm during that time, it is titled "Turn! Turn! Turn!: The 1960s Folk-Rock Revolution," and will be the course companion of sorts to his two-volume history of 1960s folk-rock, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Eight Miles High." In the 1960s, folk and rock music merged to create folk-rock, taking popular music and culture to a new and more poetic, socially conscious place that neither folk nor rock could have reached indepedently. This course details this revolution, starting from its roots in the folk revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. It then investigates the explosive fusion of acoustic folk and electric rock pioneered by Bob Dylan and the Byrds in the mid-1960s; the innovations of stars like Simon & Garfunkel, Judy Collins, and the Lovin' Spoonful; the Los Angeles folk-rock of Buffalo Springfield and cult artists like Love, Fred Neil, and Tim Buckley; artists like Donovan and Jefferson Airplane that took folk-rock into the psychedelic age; country-rock, British folk-rock, and folk-rock supergroups like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and singer-songwriters of the late 1960s and early 1970s like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. Through audio recordings and video clips, the genesis and peak of folk-rock is brought to life and explored in depth. The course also details how folk-rock was sparked by cultural shifts in American society, and how folk-rock in turn changed popular music forever. Registration will be available for the first seven-week session (for course #85122) around the beginning of August through the College of Marin Community Education website, at http://www.marin.edu/CommunityEducation/index.html.
Causes Richie Unterberger Supports
Co-Op America, Global Exchange, Servas, KALW, The Hunger Site