San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This six week music history class is designed to piggyback on Rock & Roll Road Trip Part One, that covered the Golden Age of American rock & roll from 1955 to 1970, from New Orleans to Memphis and New York City to the Motor City. Rock & Roll Road Trip Part Two will be taught chronologically and geographically from New York to LA to San Francisco where key American musical movements sprang up. This six-week course will explore iconic artists, singer/songwriters, and guitarists playing surf-rock, folk-rock, pop-rock, country-rock and early psychedelic rock.
Rock & Roll Road Trip Part Two will incorporate lectures, photographs, recorded music, film clips, Q&A sessions, and the use of live music. Instructor Peter Elman will perform appropriate examples from each genre in class, playing piano and guitar. A suggested reading, listening and viewing list will be available.
Week 1: February 2nd
California Dreamin’ 1965-74—LA became ground zero for surf rock, folk-rock, pop rock, country-rock and the beginnings of psychedelic rock: the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Mamas and Papas, the Righteous Brothers, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Wrecking Crew studio band, Arthur Lee and Love, the Doors, and the short-lived but long remembered Buffalo Springfield.
Week 2: February 9th
Hitch a ride up the Coast Highway : the San Francisco sound 1965-71: A look at the psychedelic and not-so psychedelic rock of the City by the Bay: Rolling Stone magazine, Bill Graham, rock art posters, Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater, Quicksilver, Santana, Boz Scaggs, Moby Grape, the Electric Flag, and the master, Jimi Hendrix.
Week 3: February 16th
Back to the beach: LA Singer-Songwriter, softer rock, 1968-73: This class is a tribute to the singer/songwriters of Laurel Canyon who defined the mellow era and California cool: Crosby Stills and Nash, Carole King, the heartthrobs—James Taylor and Jackson Browne; the Canadian connection—Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, 24-track recording, harmonies and poetry.
Week 4: February 23rd
East Coast Grit—the sounds of I-95, 1965-75: New York, New York: It wasn’t just the West Coast during this era that produced great rock and roll: The Lovin’ Spoonful, Simon and Garfunkel, The Young Rascals, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Laura Nyro, Don McLean and a breakdown of his ode to Buddy Holly.
Week 5: March 2nd
The Great garage bands of the 1960’s: one hit wonders—and a few who lasted: Rediscover a roll call of 20 great instrumentals and garage hit/classics by groups and artists who had that one shining moment of rock and roll glory: The McCoys, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Standells and many others.
Week 6: March 9th
The rock and roll "master of time and space": A tribute to the late great Leon Russell.
He blazed out of Oklahoma in the late 1950's and made a lasting imprint on the LA music scene in particular, and rock and roll in general. In this class we will look at his rich career as a studio musician, songwriter, singer, performer, and all-around legend.
About Peter Elman
Peter Elman has been a professional musician since 1963, working as a performer, composer, arranger, studio musician, recording artist and producer. He has worked with Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen), Peaches & Herb, Grammy-winning writer/producer Rick Nowels(Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Celine Dion), country star Lacy J. Dalton,Tom Johnston(Doobie Brothers) and Stef Burns (Huey Lewis and the News), and has produced more than 30 albums. He was also a founding member of the popular Bay Area band Pride & Joy. Elman has worked on film, television and national advertising campaigns, and in the 1990s released four acclaimed solo instrumental albums.
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Rhythmix Cultural Works
Open since 2007, Rhythmix Cultural Works is a nonprofit community arts center in Alameda, California, where diverse cultures come together to perform, inspire, teach, and interact. Rhythmix supports local, regional, and international artists in the presentation of their work, and encourages participation in the arts through live performances, art exhibitions, classes, workshops, and seasonal camps for youth, families, and adults. Visit us: www.rhythmix.org.