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[Past Event] All About the Song: American Pop-Rock Songwriters with Pete Elman | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

The essence of popular music is the song; whether it is folk, pop, rock, R&B, soul, or country, the song is the core of the popular record. Join us as we explore the lives and work of the great songwriters of the golden era of rock and roll. We will study the contributions of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, the team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, and Joni Mitchell while reveling in the artistry, insight and social context these songwriting masters brought to popular music. Each session will be a splendid mix of lecture, visuals, recorded music, and live performance.


Tuition: $65.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Mondays, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 *10:00 a.m. - noon* (6 sessions)


This course will be offered via Livestream Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for later viewing. Participants will receive their Zoom link with their welcome email approximately a week before the course begins.


Pete Elman has been a professional musician since 1963, working as a performer, composer, arranger, studio musician, recording artist, and producer. He played with the beloved Motown band, Pride and Joy, from 1983-1991. His popular series for OLLI have included “Sweet Harmony: Great Vocal Groups” and “Motown: The Sound of Young America.”