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The Summer of Love: The Golden Age of San Francisco Rock with Richie Unterberger

November  6 - 6, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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The Summer of Love: The Golden Age of San Francisco Rock with Richie Unterberger


From the mid-1960s to the early 1970s, the San Francisco Bay Area music scene exploded with psychedelic sounds that changed not just popular music, but the way youth lived all over the world. By fusing folk with rock, and adding plenty of influences from jazz improvisation, Indian and Middle Eastern sounds, electronic experimentation, and lyrics reflecting the counterculture, the San Francisco Sound was vital to rock's evolution. As well as innovating new styles of music, Bay Area performers and audiences also demonstrated that rock could not just be a medium for entertainment, but also for humanitarian enlightenment.

This lecture illustrates this journey with rare film clips of vital artists from the period. Starting with the Beatles-like sounds of the Beau Brummels and the folk-rock of We Five in the mid-1960s, it also encompasses the major psychedelic rock bands, such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, and Country Joe and the Fish. Its importance to elevating the contributions of women in rock such as Joplin and Grace Slick are noted, as well as the vital contributions of Bay Area artists who emerged from the African American (Sly and the Family Stone) and Latino communities (Santana).

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Presenter/instructor Richie Unterberger will offer commentary after every few clips about the performers, the songs, and the venues and promoters that helped make the Summer of Love possible. He will also discuss and emphasize key sociopolitical factors that helped shape the music and enable the music to transform society, such as the growth of alternative lifestyles in Haight-Ashbury; the opposition to war and promotion of justice that helped define a new way of life; and the birth of rock festivals and free concerts that brought audiences and performers closer together than was previously thought possible.

San Francisco resident Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including Unknown Legends of Rock 'n' Roll and a two-part history of 1960s folk-rock, Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High. His book, The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film, won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. His latest books are White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day and Won't Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia. He gives regular presentations on rock and soul history throughout the Bay Area, incorporating rare vintage film clips and audio recordings, at public libraries and other venues. Since summer 2011, he has taught community education courses at the College of Marin on the Beatles, San Francisco rock of the 1960s and 1970s, and the history of rock from 1955 to 1980. richieunterberger.com

Wednesday, November 6
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