In the mid-to-late 1960s, the San Francisco Bay Area exploded with psychedelic rock that captured the imagination of the world, creating legendary music that endures and influences popular culture to this day. The San Francisco Sound will be explored in depth via common and rare audio recordings by greats like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Santana. We'll also investigate how the Bay Area's counterculture created a scene in which experimental and idiosyncratic rock music could flower.
Richie Unterberger is the author of a dozen rock history books, including Eight Miles High: Folk- Rock’s Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock, and volumes on the Beatles, the Who, the Velvet Underground, and Bob Marley. He teaches courses on rock history at OLLI’s Berkeley, SF State, Dominican, and Santa Clara branches.