Music of the Sixties
The tumultuous political and social changes of the ‘60s were reflected in the decade’s music — expressive, creative, and complex. The teen idols and mainstream singers of the late ‘50s carried into the early ‘60s but then gave way to the creative genius of the Beatles and British invasion, the exuberance of Motown, funk, folk protest songs, and psychedelia. Late in the decade, youthful disillusionment with politics, society, and the drug scene gave music more somber themes but also hopeful songs about community and forbearance. Listen to great music, hear the stories behind them, and share memories.
DAVID M. CHENEY, former Chief Editor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is a freelance writer, editor and external-relations advisor for international economic and financial institutions. Before joining the IMF, he was an economist and editor at Chase Manhattan Bank, and earlier a policy analyst at the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
3 Sessions, starting Tuesday, October 3 • 7:15pm-8:30pm • Scarsdale High School • Course 12237 • $75
Woody Guthrie, Voice of the People
Legendary singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie wrote over 3000 songs, most famously “This Land Is Your Land," written to counter "America the Beautiful." His music gave voice and hope to those hit hard during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Look at Guthrie's journey as an activist committed to social change, as a parent writing playful songs for children, and as an American bard telling stories of and for the people. Today, Guthrie’s impact lives on in the music of many activist artists like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Ani DiFranco. Please have writing materials on hand.
DINA GERASIA is a professional museum educator and artist with a masters from Columbia University. For over twenty years, she has given tours on cultural topics at museums and libraries in the NYC area, including the Met and MoMA. Gerasia is on staff at the Morgan Library and Museum.
Monday, November 13 • 10:00am-11:30am • Online • Course 12091 • $30