IN PERSON: This lively in-person course will celebrate the classic American soul music of the 1960s, 1970s and beyond. Without leaving town, we will visit a number of key sites — Chicago, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit and Philadelphia — to discover how the music was created and to consider why it became so popular. We will watch performances and listen to songs from some of the genre's greatest artists, from James Brown to Sam Cooke to Otis Redding to many lesser-known but also great artists. In addition to watching videos and listening to music, you'll be encouraged to share your opinions and experiences. Plan to be part of the conversation. The hope is for you to gain a richer appreciation of this music, which has proven so resonant over the decades and throughout the world. Dancing is optional. | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 30.
Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705
Sam Jackson is also a native of Richmond, Virginia, and is an enthusiastic aficionado of soul and jazz music. Although he has not previously taught a course on soul music, he currently teaches at UNC School of Law and taught for many years at Georgetown University Law Center.
Marc Shapiro's passion for soul music dates from his teenage years when he listened to the local Richmond, Virginia, soul stations and attended soul music concerts, including James Brown and Otis Redding concerts. His interest in soul music has never waned, and he continues to enjoy it and read about it. He has twice taught an OLLI course on the music of Van Morrison.