Course Description

The 1960s was a time during which everything was questioned and many things changed. The music of that time reflected the dramatic changes in popular culture but was also a catalyst for change, and it was born, to a large extent, in New York City. Greenwich Village was a magnet for musicians who were ready to expand the boundaries of the popular song to add meaning and tackle subject matter that was both personal and political. This course will explore the evolution of the music scene of the 1960s and the artists who surfaced in Greenwich Village during that decade. We will listen to and discuss songs by musicians ranging from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Richie Havens to Phil Ochs and Tom Rush. We will also consider how those roots nurtured other artists, some who were widely popular such as Simon & Garfunkel and Billy Joel, and some who were not but were nonetheless influential, such as Laura Nyro, the Youngbloods, and the Velvet Underground. | Lecture + Q&A; Facilitated Discussion; Listening to audio recordings; Viewing videos.

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Section Title
It Took a Village: How Greenwich Village Gave Birth to the Music of the 1960s
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Sep 16, 2020 to Oct 21, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes
Required supplies/fee: Although entirely optional, the instructor recommends that students get a subscription to Spotify Premium at $9.99 per month (first 14 days free) to have full access to music playlists he will publish each week. There is also a free Spotify version with some limitations. Full details are at www.spotify.com.