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Motown Sound | Livestream Zoom [Welcome Pete Elman! Plus, Extended Time]

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Course Description:

This course covers the golden age of Motown (1960-1972), concentrating on the people who established the label as the driving force behind American popular music in that period: Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, the Marvelettes, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Tami Terrell, the Funk Brothers, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Through lecture, slide shows, audio recordings, video clips, personal stories, and live music, we’ll immerse ourselves in one of America’s greatest musical treasures. A full fifty-five years after its heyday, the “Sound of Young America” still excites and thrills listeners of all ages. Baby boomers who grew up with the music continue to put those songs at the top of their favorite playlists, while younger listeners who are discovering Motown for the first time appreciate and enjoy the classic records and regard it as a cultural watershed moment in our history, an era where racial barriers began to break down because of the music. It was a magical time.


Tuition: $45.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Please note extended time: Mondays, Oct. 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14 *10:00 a.m. – noon (4 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Record producer, musician, teacher, and author Pete Elman grew up playing all of the Motown hits. He has been a professional musician since 1963, working as a performer, composer, arranger, studio musician, recording artist and producer. Pete played with the beloved San Francisco ultimate Motown band, Pride and Joy, from 1983-1991. An author, he has published an acclaimed children’s picture book with music, Seasons, Rhymes in Time, and a new book about unsung minority athletes of the 20th century, Remember Their Sacrifice: Stories of Unheralded Athletes of Color. As a journalist, he has covered sports for the Bay Area News Group and is currently a regular columnist for the Ultimate Sports Guide. Pete resides in the East Bay.