The Singers/Songwriters of Rock

OSH 569 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description:

In the early 1970s, Folk music was slowly declining in popularity and rock fans were drawn to artists who wrote and performed their own material.  This course will explore four of the most dynamic singers/songwriters of the decade where Rock became a major industry.  The careers, music and extraordinary talents (Carole King, Elton John, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and more) of these artists will be explored.

Week 1 Introduction of Folk/Folk Rock; Fragmentation of Rock, Bob Dylan (1960’s contribution).

Week 2 Music and career of Joni Mitchell; Music and career of James Taylor.

Week 3 Music and career of James Taylor, continued; Music and career of Carole King.

Week 4 Music and career of Carole King, continued; Music and career of Elton John.

Week 5 Music and career of Elton John, continued; Music and career of Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

Week 6 Honorable mentions: Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel; Course recap: Legacy, Current trends.


Instructor:  Mr. Robert Joyce


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This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all OLLI at UM fall courses will be taught remotely, via Zoom.

OLLI 2020-2021 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2020-2021 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2020 Ends: 7/31/2021