Course Description

The 1960s was a time when 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 artists nurtured other artists, some who were widely popular such as Simon & Garfunkel and Billy Joel, and others who were not but were nonetheless influential, such as Laura Nyro, the Youngbloods, and the Velvet Underground. | Lecture + Q&A.
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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
Oct 06, 2021 to Nov 10, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes
Required supplies/fee: Although optional, the instructor recommends that students subscribe to Spotify Premium at $9.99 per month (first 14 days free) to have full access to music playlists he will publish each week. Full details are at www.spotify.com.