The soul that came out of Memphis in the 1960’s transformed the landscape of popular music. It was rhythm and blues; it was rock and roll. It was the sound of the Deep South, the incredible voices that came from the Black church, and the rhythms of the land. It was the vehicle to stardom for many. Its legacy has lasted more than 50 years and will live as long as people have a need to be nurtured by the soulful sounds of Stax-Volt, Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, James Brown, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin and many others.
In this course, we'll look at the evolution of soul music, from late 1950’s Memphis through the success of Stax and Atlantic records. Along with digging into the artists, you'll learn about crisp drums and the Fender bass guitar, mellow Wurlitzer electric pianos, soulful Hammond B-3 organs, brash horns, stinging Fender Telecaster guitars, testifying vocals, and the sanctity of the four-piece rhythm section.
Pete Elman is a musician, producer, teacher and author. He has taught many popular OLLI classes, including “A Rock ’n’ Roll Road Trip” and courses on country, folk, Motown, and performers such as Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison.
This is an In-Person + Livestreamed Course
- Classes will be held in person at Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison St, Berkeley)
- Classes will also be streamed live simultaneously. Classes will not be recorded due to copyright restrictions.
- Course materials, including videos, will remain available to view and enjoy in the Member Dashboard through March 31.
- All links and materials will be posted in the Member Dashboard. Learn more.
- Course starts on Tuesday, January 17, and ends on Tuesday, February 21.
- Classes run for six weeks, two hours per session.
Health & Safety
- Proof of vaccination is no longer required
- Masks are not required but strongly recommended
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