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Music of the Sixties – A Four Act Drama

History; Literature & Arts; Music
4.9 out of 5 From 176 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 4 x 1hr
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.9 out of 5 From 176 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

The Sixties - an unbelievable decade of change and starkly contrasting themes. and pop music reflected those changes. From sweetness and innocence, through cultural and racial conflicts, war and peace, a summer of love to sex drugs and rock and roll. A worldwide drama in four acts. Join us for a light-hearted look at the music, the successes and failures and the fascinating facts and trivia behind those hits (and misses).


Act One – The Beginning of the End

From innocence and naivety, international  events start to bring awareness of the world as a dangerous place. Popular music is in a similar state. It begins with accepted norms for ballads, big band music, classical overtones and hangovers from the fifties and ends with increasing turbulence and a whole new idea of music for youth – and signs of a new youth culture.


Act Two – The Melting Pot Heats Up

The world has changed beyond recognition. World destruction is a distinct possibility, a US president has been assassinated, racial tensions escalate in the US and the UK government is rocked by its first episode of sleaze with a minister caught lying to parliament…and the British musical invasion of the US begins with music and names we’ll never forget.


Act Three – Summer of Love and Hate, War and Peace

Drugs in the music industry is an open secret with high profile arrests, relatively lenient sentences and the very nature of the music itself. Timothy Leary’s phrase, "turn on, tune in, drop out". shapes the entire hippie counterculture, as it voices the key ideas of 1960s rebellion. The pirates are losing battles but winning the war with the BBC and the British establishment


Act Four – Altered Minds and New Horizons

The contrasting co-existences moving throughout society reach new heights as the sixties draw to an end. Movements to achieve peace between nations, an end to war, civil rights and racial harmony become stronger and, at the same time, suffer massive losses. Pop music embraces protest, a musical hero is reborn and the end comes for those we thought immortal.

  • Duration: 4 x 1hr
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
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Meet the Host, Clive

Clive’s love of music and singing was encouraged at an early age and he won a choral scholarship to Bristol Cathedral School at age 10. A few years of six days a week evensong and matins on Sunday was a wonderful musical foundation – and probably rescued him from the mischiefs of early teenage years. Set free in 1967 he immersed himself in just about anything but church music. Moving to Birmingham he discovered whole new cultures he had not experienced – and the music that came with them. Working in the hotel and catering industry allowed access to rock superstars – Black Sabbath, Bowie, McCartney and more. Working as a waiter at The Elbow Room in Aston he was exposed to an infamous haunt of musicians and some of the shadier characters that accompanied them.

More recently Clive has trained as a classical baritone and sings in several choirs, both as a soloist and member of the basses. His musical tastes (perhaps as a result of his life experiences) range from Handel to Hendrix and everything in between – and his undying love of music shows through in his informed but light-hearted approach to recent musical history.

Preparing for the Event

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We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

More Information

What if I can’t make the event?

If a recording’s available for the event, you can still register for it and we will send you an email with a link to a recording shortly after it ends.

Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?

Your camera and microphone does not need to be on for you to enjoy the event. The choice about whether to do this is completely yours.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 From 176 reviews