Course Description

IN PERSON: This lively in-person course will explore the classic American soul music of the 1960s, 1970s and beyond. Without leaving town, we will visit a number of key sites — in Chicago, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Detroit, New York, California and Philadelphia — to discover how the music was created and the context in which it developed, and to consider why it became so popular. We will watch performances and listen to songs from some of the genre's greatest soloists and groups, from James Brown and Sam Cooke to Otis Redding and many lesser-known but also great artists. In addition to watching videos and listening to music, students will be encouraged to share their opinions and experiences, and should plan to be part of the conversation. The goal of the course is for students 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

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Section Title
A Celebration of Soul Music
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Jan 30, 2024 to Apr 02, 2024
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Classroom - In Person  
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Please note: It is recommended, but not required, that students subscribe to Apple Music. Much of the curriculum consists of playlists curated for the course on Apple Music. Students who wish to listen to these playlists on their own outside of class will need to have a subscription to Apple Music.

Recommended reading:
Peter Guralnick, "Sweet Soul Music" (9780316206754)

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