In the 1960s, folk and rock music merged to create folk-rock, taking popular music and culture to a new and more poetic, socially conscious place that neither folk nor rock could have reached indepedently. This 14-week, two-part course details this revolution, starting from its roots in the folk revival of the 1950s and early 1960s. We then investigate the explosive fusion of acoustic folk and electric rock pioneered by Bob Dylan and the Byrds in the mid-1960s; the innovations of Simon & Garfunkel, Donovan, and Jefferson Airplane; the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; as well as singer-songwriters of the late 1960s and early 1970s like Joni Mitchell and James Taylor. Through audio recordings and video clips, the genesis and peak of folk-rock is brought to life and explored in depth. The course also details how
folk-rock was sparked by cultural shifts in American society, and how folk-rock in turn changed popular music forever.