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MUSIC OF 1950S (AND THERABOUTS!)

Time to put on your rockin’ shoes and go cat go! We will be looking at the events of the 1950s and the great rock songs that were burning up the airwaves at the same time! Join Russ Gifford for a look back at the sounds of the 1950s!

MONDAYS, NOVEMBER 12, 19, 26; 6 TO 8 P.M.
Location: Advanced Sciences Building, Room L416/417
Fee: No charge / Max: 40
Lifelong Learning membership required

 

SESSION 1: THE STORY OF THE BRILL BUILDING SONGWRITERS
Before the era of the singer-songwriter, early rock was powered by songwriters with a great song looking for a singer to take it to the top. The Brill Building in New York City took that process to the assembly line, where would-be songwriters could make a living while writing songs under contract for publishers, who considered the results daily. If they liked a song, they would direct it to producers in the building, also under contract, to make the demos. They would then pitch to record companies and artist’s managers, most had offices in the building, looking for the right song for their group!

We’ll meet some of the names you know now as hit makers and see their early days as songwriters in the Brill Building: names like Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jeff Barry, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller.
Monday, November 12; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2827-01

 

SESSION 2: THE RISE OF THE DJS - 1956 TO 1962
As TV pulled the drama shows off radio, the AM dial needed something to replace it fast! The results would change the world as Rock and Roll came to rule the airwaves. But in the independent days of the 1950s, disc jockeys became the unsung heroes in the world of rock. We will focus on the songs and sounds of the golden age of rock and meet some of the men that became kingmakers on the radio. We will also see how “Payola” became a household word! 
Monday, November 19; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2827-02

 

SESSION 3: ROCK AND ROLL ON TV - 1950s!
While people remember the 1960s as the big time of rock on television, there are plenty of late 1950s shows with classic clips of everyone from the Everly Brothers to Buddy Holly. Spend some time with Dick Clark and see clips from TV stations in Iowa! Maybe you will see some- one you know! You will certainly recognize the songs! 
Monday, November 26; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2827-03

 

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