60s Rock: Under the Influence of the 50s

Rutgers University

Classes held virtually

Every Tuesday, September 6 to November 15 (no class on November 1) - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

10- Session Course

Union County College

Classes held virtually

Every Saturday, October 8 to December 3 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

8-Session Course

Princeton Adult School

Classes held virtually

Every Thursday, October 13 to November 17 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

6-Session Course

This course will focus on the 1950s rock and roll pioneers that influenced the rock explosion of the 60s.  We will explore many of the decade's early music heroes including Chuck Berry (rhythm and blues)  Elvis, (rockabilly), The Everly Brothers (country pop) and Dion (doo wop).  In addition, we will also survey other artists including Little Richard, Muddy Waters, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and numerous others.  Their influence became the template for 60s rock bands and paved the way for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others!

The 60s: The British Invasion

Rutgers University

Classes held virtually

Every Wednesday, September 7 to November 16 (no class on November 2) - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

10-Session Course

This course will focus on the phenomenon rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60s.  From pop groups (The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies) to the psychedelic and progressive artists and bands  (Donovan, The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Traffic).  Our journey will also survey infamous British 60s female singers including Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Marianne Faithfull, Cilla Black and others.  To quote John Lennon "A splendid time is guaranteed for all",.

The 60s: American Pop Era

Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (THE MILL)

Classes held virtually

Every Friday, May 13, 20, 27, June 3 - 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM

This four session course will focus on numerous innovative artists that created new sounds that captivated a generation, and whose influence endures six decades later.  We will examine many genres including folk/rock, surf music, pop soul, psychedelic, country rock, pop and rockabilly.  Artists will include The Beach Boys, The Doors, Four Seasons, Roy Orbison The Band, The Byrds, The Rascals, Simon & Garfunkel, The Monkees. The Mamas & The Papas,  Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan and The Lovin' Spoonful and others.