|The British Invasion: British Rock of the 1960's
An in-depth view of British rock in the 1960s, particularly the years 1962-1970 in which the Beatles were the most popular band in the world, and changed popular music and culture forever. Dozens of transformative acts from Britain poured through the opened door, including the Rolling Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, and the bands of stars like Van Morrison, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.
Using recordings and video clips, the course will trace the British Invasion from the simple Merseybeat of Liverpool through hard rock, psychedelia, and progressive art rock. The course will also examine their impact on American musicians and youth; on the way music was recorded and marketed; and on the 1960s youth counterculture.
Week 1 The Roots of the British Invasion / 1963: The British Beat Boom
Week 2 The British Invasion Hits America / The British Invasion Diversifies and Consolidates
Week 3 The British Invasion in 1965: The Second Phase / The End of British Invasion Innocence
Week 4 British Psychedelia / The British Summer of Love
Week 5 Back to Basics: The British Invasion Enters the Late 1960s / British Psychedelia Evolves Into Hard Rock and Progressive Rock
Week 6 The British Invasion: The End of the First Wave / The End of a Decade and an Era: Altamont and the Beatles' Breakup
Richie Unterberger is the author of a dozen rock history books, including volumes on the Beatles, the Who, the Velvet Underground, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac, and a two-part history of 1960s folk-rock, Turn! Turn! Turn!/Eight Miles High. He teaches rock history courses at the Fromm Institute, OLLI at Dominican University, and the College of Marin.