MOTOWN: The Golden Age of American Soul 1960-1972
$ $135/six-week series, $25/individual class
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018


A Lecture Series Taught By Pete Elman

During the turbulent cultural era of the 1960s, the Motown sound defined American pop music. Legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Martha and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Supremes and The Temptations chronicled the decade and Detroit’s own Berry Gordy Jr., the label’s founder, was its creator and sole visionary.

Join us on six consecutive Thursdays, January 18 to February 22, 2018, for an illuminating evening with accomplished musician and storyteller Pete Elman who will explore the timeless music and everlasting magic of Motown — The Golden Age of American Soul 1960-1972.

Course Outline:

Week 1: The Outer Visionary; Berry Gordy and the origins of Motown; Mabel John, Marv Johnson, Barrett Strong: The Funk Brothers studio band

Week 2:
Smokey Robinson; musical force of nature: The man behind the music

Week 3: The great female singing groups: the Marvelettes, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas

Week 4: Their male counterparts: The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, The Four Tops, Junior Walker and the All Stars

Week 5: The great female singers: Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Kim Weston, Tammi Terrell, Gladys Knight

Week 6:
Twin legends: Divided Soul; The evolution and genius of Marvin Gaye, and how Motown affected the political and social climate of America, and vice-versa: The Inner Visionary: Stevie Wonder

Course outline and syllabus available for download.