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  • Writer's pictureMel Rosenberg

End of the Sixties

For me, the music of the sixties may be finally ending...

Some people think that the end of the sixties was Woodstock.

Some think that it was the Stones concert at

Some think that it was midnight, Dec. 31st, 1969

But for me the sixties are ending in a few months.

I'll explain.

The Evolution of the Revolution

For the past twelve years, I have been teaching a wild and wonderful interactive academic course on the music of the sixties called, "The Evolution of the Revolution." My current TA is the incredible Nitsan Cohen.

The course, at Tel Aviv University, asks two basic questions: Was there a revolution in popular music during this decade?

The second is: Did the music of the sixties bring about a change in the world? Is there more 'harmony, love and understanding'? (strangely relevant these troubling days)

In the course we look at the music and the era, analyze and sing and play some of the poignant songs and talk about music as part of our lives, then and now.

Too Good to Last

The course was always oversubscribed, and we often had to limit it to 150 or 160 participants. I love it so much that I brought my own piano to class. It's still there.

Despite its success, today we start what is probably our last course. A few dozen students. Turns out that the University is trashing the 'Kelim Shluvim' project which enabled tens of thousands of students to enjoy crossover academic courses. The program was just too good to last.

The good news, though, is that you can still enjoy the ebooks of the course (here is the free catalogue) and if you'd like to come to class, just let me know and we'll make it happen.

Finally, if you know of another academic institution here or overseas, who might be interested in our popular music courses (we have two), please let me know.

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