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Week 5: The Urban Folk Music Revival Course with Cary Ginell

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ChaiVillageLA is proud to present:

The Urban Folk Music Revival

An 8-Week "Edu-tainment" Course Taught by Music Historian Cary Ginell

What was the Urban Folk Revival? In the 1950s, while many teenagers were listening to Elvis Presley and Rock ’n’ Roll, something was happening at the college campuses of America, which began to be awash with clean-cut groups playing acoustic guitars and singing old folk songs. Where did this come from? In reality, the folk revival had already been going on for 50 years, but was hidden under the mainstream. In this course, we will explore how the folk music boom of the 1950s and ‘60s occurred and how it was absorbed into American popular culture. Music is a product of its times, and folk music definitely ascribed to that. We will trace the development of folk music in the 20th century that led to its rise in the 1950s and its reflection of American history and social development. 

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Class schedule:

Week 1 (February 25): Establishing the Repertoire: The Early Years 
Week 2 (March 4): The Independent Folk Labels of the ‘40s and ‘50s
Week 3 (March 11): The Big Four of the Folk Revival: The Weavers, Burl Ives, Josh White, & Harry Belafonte
Week 4 (March 18): Folk Groups of the '50s and '60s
Week 5 (March 25): Live Performances During the Folk Revival (Clubs & Festivals)

Click here to register Week 6 (April 8): The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter in the Early 1960s
Click here to register Week 7 (April 15): Women of the Folk Music Revival
Click here to register Week 8 (April 22): The Beginnings of Folk-Rock

The amount charged for these classes will help defray the costs that the presenter has charged us. We are committed to making all programs accessible to our members. If you have questions or concerns about the fees, please contact Devorah at 310-592-0321.

About Cary Ginell

Cary Ginell is a Grammy-nominated writer and music historian who has published 12 books on American music. After a 30-year career in public radio, where he produced documentaries and played music from his sizable archive of historic recordings, Ginell has since turned his attention to teaching and lecturing in both adult education courses and on cruise ships. Ginell, who lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Gail, received his master’s degree in folklore from UCLA and recently served as president of the Association for Recorded Sounds Collections (ARSC). Currently, he serves as a board member for the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations. He is a member of the congregation at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, where he plays flute in the Band of Milk and Honey.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM

Additional Info:
Talia S Karu
310-871-2721 (c)
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