MUSIC 162 CD 7 notes - MUSIC 162 - SPRING 2008 American Pop...

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MUSIC 162 - SPRING 2008 American Pop Song Shannon Dudley Listening Examples CD #7 The Late 1960s A. Psychedelic Rock 1. Jefferson Airplane [San Francisco, 1967]: "Somebody To Love" (Grace Slick) San Francisco, and more particularly the Haight-Ashbury district, became a major counter- culture and music center in the mid-1960s, and Jefferson Airplane was the first of the Bay Area groups to have hits on the pop charts and to be signed by a major label (RCA). They started as a folk-rock group, fronted by former folk singers Marty Balin, Paul Kantner and Signe Anderson (from Seattle). Grace Slick joined the group in 1967, bringing with her songs she had performed with her previous group, The Great Society. "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" were the two first Top Ten singles to come out of the Haight-Ashbury scene, and the LP on which they appeared, Surrealistic Pillow, sold over a million copies. The Jefferson Airplane pioneered a unique psychedelic style, a synthesis of elements from folk, pop, jazz, blues, and rock, with lyrics dealing with love and drugs. 2. The Grateful Dead [San Francisco, 1970]: "St. Stephan/The Eleven" [excerpts] (Garcia, Hunter, and Lesh) The Dead, a former jug band that played around the Bay area, became one of the first groups associated with the new S.F. hippie/drug-culture. They performed at free festivals in the parks and at dances called "acid tests". Led by guitarist Jerry Garcia, they were a community-based band who lived and played democratically. Dead concerts featured long jams or group improvisations based loosely on folk, country, and/or blues structures. Their marathon concerts and spontaneity garnered them a devoted network of fans, many of whom follow them from concert to concert. They were pioneers in the use of large, hi-tech sound systems for concerts, and are still touring. 3. Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company [San Francisco, 1968]: "Summertime" (Heyward and Gershwin) Big Brother and the Holding Company was among the most influential of the San Francisco/Haight Ashbury bands (others included Quicksilver Messenger Service, Steve Miller Band, Moby Grape, Santana, and Sly and the Family Stone). Their focus was Janis Joplin (b. 1943, Port Arthur, Texas), the premier white blues singer of the 1960s. Like the Who and Jimi Hendrix, Joplin and Big Brother became well-known through their appearance at the Monterrey
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Pop Festival in the summer of 1967 ('The Summer of Love'). The 1968 album Cheap Thrills, which contains this version of George Gershwin's "Summertime", sold a million copies. As Joplin's reputation grew, she left Big Brother and started the Kozmic Blues Band, and later the Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her career was cut short by a heroin overdose in 1970. This example, a version of Tin Pan Alley composer George Gershwin's "Summertime", demonstrates her blues-
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2011 for the course MUSIC 162 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '05 term at University of Washington.

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