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WEEK 1

QUESTION TO START NEXT WEEK: WATCH THE SHORT DOCUMENTARY BELOW AND FORMULATE YOUR ANSWER TO THE QUESTION “WHY WOULD FRANK SINATRA BE FOREFATHER #5?”

Popwaves, the essential overview

https://coolinfographics.com/blog/2016/7/11/popwaves-making-of-the-genealogy-of-poprock-music.html

FOUR FOREFATHERS OF POP MUSIC:
HANK WILLIAMS (1923-53) – COUNTRY – SELFDESTRUCTION
ROBERT JOHNSON (1911-38) – BLUES – MYTHOLOGY
WOODY GUTHRIE (1912-67) – FOLK – SOCIAL AWARENESS
LOUIS JORDAN (1908-75) – RHYTHM & BLUES – ENTERTAINMENT

WEEK 2

FIELD RECORDINGS VS RECORD COLLECTORS AND MUSIC BEFORE WWII

ALAN LOMAX (1915-2002)
http://research.culturalequity.org/home-audio.jsp

alan lomax

HARRY SMITH (1923-91)
https://harrysmitharchives.com/

harry smith

WEEK 3

DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND WATCH THIS AWESOME FILM.

WHAT IS TIN PAN ALLEY?

Played by Scott Joplin himself

BRILL BUILDING, NYC – PUBLISHERS, SONGWRITERS, MUSIC BUSINESS
ADVANCED MUSIC, MUSICAL, PROFESSIONAL, JAZZ STANDARDS, SHEET MUSIC AS REVENUE MODEL
GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

THE BLUES

WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE BLUES?
THE JOURNEY FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA TO CHICAGO
COUNTRY BLUES (SOLO, ACOUSTIC, STORYTELLING, FREEFORM)
URBAN BLUES (BAND, ELECTRIC, DANCE MUSIC, 12 BAR FORM)

THE BIG 3 OF THE BLUES
1. MUDDY WATERS (1913-83)
2. JOHN LEE HOOKER (1912-2001)
3. BB KING (1925-2015)

Muddy Waters
John Lee Hooker
BB King

WEEK 4

THE RIDDLES OF ROCKNROLL [by Leo D’Anjou] – reading questions

  1. What and where is Tin Pan Alley?
  2. What went wrong with TPA in the 1950s?
  3. White teenagers were listening to what kind of radio stations? And what was the effect in the music industry?
  4. What is the phase in-between discovery and consolidation?
  5. Who was Alan Freed?
  6. What was the 1st Rocknroll song to emerge on the Billboard national chart?
  7. What did Bill Haley do with his lyrics (like many other artists)?
  8. Who was Sam Phillips?
  9. What is Rockabilly?
  10. What were the 3 main streams in popular music before Rocknroll?
  11. Why were the vocal groups important for the course of Rocknroll?
  12. What is Doo-Wop?
  13. Name the 6 most important independent record companies in Rocknroll.
  14. What was the name of the record company where Chuck Berry released his singles? Which city are we talking about?
  15. Why was the south of the USA important in the development of Rocknroll?

WEEK 5 – 1960s – the canon

WEEK 6 – 1960s – THE BEATLES

THE BEATLES WERE IN MANY WAYS THE SOUNDTRACK OF THE 1960s. THEY KIND OF SHAPED THE MUSICAL UNIVERSE OF THE DECADE AND ALLE THE OTHER MUSICIANS FOLLOWED THEM. WHEN POP MUSIC BECAME ART AND MORE THAN JUST ENTERTAINMENT AHLFWAY THROUGH THE 1960s. AND: THERE IS NO ROCKBAND WHERE SO MUCH IS WRITTEN ABOUT. THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF BOOKS AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES.

Great analyses of all Beatle-songs (click on pic for link)

WEEK 7 – 1960s – THE BRITISH INVASION

WEEK 8 – 1960s – THE AMERICAN ANSWER

The Byrds – Bob Dylan – The Band – CCR
San Francisco Psychedelica – Roots Music

WEEK 9 – 1960s – SOUL MUSIC

WEEK 10 – 1960s
THE BEACH BOYS, PET SOUNDS, SMILE

Pet Stories – on the making of Pet Sounds
Wrecking Crew doc
On the making of Good Vibrations

WEEK 11 – 1970s
SINGER-SONGWRITERS LAUREL CANYON

WEEK 12 – 1970s
SYMPHONIC ROCK & PROG

WEEK 13 – 1970s
PUNK!

WEEK 14 – 1970s
SOUL & FUNK & BLAXPLOITATION