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
Sam Jackson is also a native of Richmond, Virginia, and is an enthusiastic fan of soul and jazz 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 taught this course before as well as twice taught an OLLI course on the music of Van Morrison.