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ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: Music of the 1960s (and Thereabouts!)

While the older generation worried about the bomb, Rock ‘n’ Roll revived and exploded from every transistor radio! Step aboard the WITCC Time Machine and journey back to the 1960s with Russ Gifford to revisit the times when rock was young and fun!

Location: Cargill Auditorium, Parking Lot 4, Entrance 14
Fee: No charge / Max: 40
Lifelong Learning membership required

Session 1: One If by Land, Two If by Sea — Three If by Airwaves?

The first battle of the 20th century British Invasion began 55 years ago as the Beatles retook the colonies without firing a shot! Led by the mop-topped Beatles, the action started in New York City as Beatlemania took hold. Once the four reached most of America’s households via television, it was all over. America loved the Beatles – Yeah Yeah YEAH! Within weeks, they owned the top 10! Their sound was fast, fun, and frantic. Then the rest of their mates joined, and the swingin’ sixties sound became a mainstay in rock history.

While we will start the class with the Beatles, we’ll check-in with everyone from the Animals and the Dave Clark Five to the Hollies, the Hermits, and the Rolling Stones. Heck – we might make it to the Searchers and the Zombies!

We’ll sample how the British groups joined American rhythm and blues to Chuck Berry guitar rifts – stealing a page from the Beach Boys? – and used Buddy Holly’s lyrical styles to grab the attention of a new generation of young Americans. The truth is, they never let go. Join Russ Gifford and revisit the era of British Invasion!

Monday, May 6; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2827-04

Session 2: Movies and Rock ‘n’ Roll

While radio stations spread the word of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the late 1950s, the Beatles used television to make the connection by the 1960s. But following in Elvis’ footsteps, they moved on to movies but with a difference. While “A Hard Days Night” and “Help!” made waves, the Beatles’ music was becoming richer as their fame increased. Their evolution of music with “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” still lay in the future, but it was coming as their control over the content of their albums increased.

Challenges would arise – notably, groups influenced by the Beatles movies – like the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. Jefferson Airplane would fly, along with numerous other American responses, to the Beatles. One group, the Mamas and the Papas, decided to create a massive showcase of music, and pulled together other artists to create the incredible Monterey Pop Music Festival in 1967. The movie not only showed the concert, it captured the feel of the times. But equally important, it immortalized our first look at new talents just beginning their rise – Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who. Hendrix literally set the stage on fire, while The Who destroyed it. Monterey Pop is the first great rock movie, and a forerunner of things to come. Join Russ Gifford as we discuss the impact of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and how movies and music spread the word that great things were happening.

Monday, May 13; 6 to 8 p.m
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2827-05

Session 3: Getting Back to the Garden: The Message of Woodstock

Fifty years ago, an impromptu outpouring of people changed a rock concert into a cultural event. Captured by the news coverage, the idea of a massive gathering drew people from across the continent! They were determined to be part of what was billed as the biggest rock concert ever but became the biggest event of a generation.

While the TV news stories and magazine pictures seemed in- comprehensible to adults, kids ignored the traffic jam and the mud. Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane dubbed it “the gathering of the tribes.” It was a happening. For every per- son that made it to Woodstock, millions more wished they could be there. Thanks to the wonders of technology in 1969, film made it possible. The multi-camera production captured the music, the sights, and the feelings of a moment in time, the creation of the Woodstock Generation. What is the message and the meaning of Woodstock? Was it as important as it was thought to be? The music still resonates 50 years later. Does the message? Join Russ Gifford to reconnect with a moment in time and see why or if it changed a generation and the world! Or, as we would have said then, “Let’s get it together, people!”

Monday, May 20; 6 to 8 p.m.
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2827-06 


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