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The American Sound Part II

  • Heatherwood Community 9642 Burke Lake Road Burke, VA, 22015 United States (map)

Join host Josh Urban for a detailed examination of the music of Postwar America.  Continuing from the roots of ragtime, jazz, and delta blues in the previous session (The Origins of Rock 'n Roll), participants will explore how these musicians harnessed the fire of the times and created a sound that still echoes today.  Although these classes build upon the previous classes, they stand alone as well. You did not have to attend Part I to enjoy Part II. July will begin with “The Fabulous Fifties”. The guitar goes electric, the war is over, and something is happening to the jukeboxes. In August the title will be, “The Bright Sunshine”. Learn how Sam Phillips and Sun Records changed the world by discovering Elvis, Johnny, Roy, Jerry, Carl, and many others.  In September hear about “The Rock Star is Born”. Buddy Holly set out to be a rock star, which was a brave thing, considering it didn't exactly exist yet. A look into the lives and music of the musicians who altered the international consciousness.  Plus, a special afterward:  How to Tolerate Modern Music.  Although the top 40 radio might not be at the zenith of melody, Josh shares a few tricks for navigating the brave new world of music. 

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