Course Description

IN PERSON: In 1964, "everybody had an ocean, across the U.S.A.," and it seemed like everyone wanted to head to the West Coast to spend an endless summer at parties on the beach and on our surfboards. Over the next 10 years, California became a mecca where musical creativity took root and flourished. During this lecture-based course, we will travel through space and time, from Los Angeles' Sunset Strip and Laurel Canyon up the coast to Monterey for a landmark Pop Festival and on to Haight-Ashbury for the "Summer of Love." We'll explore every style of music that appeared there during the 1960s and into the '70s, from lush sunny harmonies and jangling guitars to jazzy improvisation and the feedback-laced sounds of psychedelia. While you'll hear much you remember, you'll also gain new insights into the familiar, and discover bands you likely didn't know at the time that still have much to offer us today. Wearing flowers in your hair is optional, but more than welcome. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 25.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
California Dreamin': The Music of the '60s on the West Coast
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
May 03, 2023 to Jun 07, 2023
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Please note: The McKeen and Leaf books are great references, for those who wish to know more.

Required supplies/fee: Although entirely optional, a Spotify Premium account is recommended. The Spotify account is available for a one month free trial and $9.99 per month thereafter if you choose to continue. Each week the instructor will publish a Spotify playlist to expand on what is covered in class for you to explore on your own. With your own account, you’ll be able to play entire playlists in sequence, or skip songs as you choose, and not have to deal with any annoying ads.

Recommended reading:
William McKeen, "Everybody Had an Ocean: Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles" (9781613734919)
David Leaf, "God Only Knows: The Story of Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys and the California Myth" (9781913172756)

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