The sub categories of rock & roll and popular music in general exploded in the 1970's compared to previous decades resulting in significantly more and varied styles. In this 8 week class we will explore the proliferation of rock & roll genre's in the 1970's.You will learn about bands and artists that were important to the evolution of popular music in the 70's (and beyond), perhaps many of which you have never heard. Topics include the artists and their music, the evolution of the music and music technology compared to the 60's, recording industry people and how society both played a part and was in turn impacted by rock & roll. Note: there were so many new styles and artists we will split this class on the 70's into two parts with part 2 of the 70's continuing in a subsequent ELM session.
Additional Details: It is best if you have good speakers or headphones because listening to music and watching videos is a big part of this class. It is a logical continuation of The Evolution of Rock & Roll of the 50's & 60's that I taught in the 2021 Winter session, but the information stands on its own so you need not have taken the previous class. One cannot tell the story of rock & roll without reference to sex, drugs and the alternative lifestyles often encountered in the popular music industry. I will simply tell the story as it really happened and has been well documented by now which will include details to which you may have not previously been aware. It will not be sugar-coated.
About the Instructor:
Rod Daugherty will be your guide through this class. Rod has also taught previous ELM classes "A Hard Days Night: The Story of The Beatles" and "The Evolution of Rock & Roll: The Music, the People, the Vibe. Part 1". Rod is a musician with degrees in music and music education with graduate studies in music theory and composition. Rod has performed in a wide variety of musical styles that range from church pianist and choir director to the rock & roll bar and night club circuit. Rod sings and plays piano, organ, synthesizer and guitar. While in graduate school (many years ago) Rod also taught high school and middle school music in the public school system.