Oxford University has announced a one-week summer course on "The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain." The course is part of the Oxford Experience programme and takes place at Christ Church, one of Oxford's largest and most beautiful colleges from July 4 through 10, 2010.
Revered and reviled in equal measures, the Sixties continue to fascinate. This course is a journey through it from the British perspective, noting key events in politics, society and the arts. We will trace the development of the music of the Beatles and place their songs in context by discussing examples by other notable British groups of the period. However familiar you think this music is, prepare to hear more in it than before.
The course will be conducted by Dr. Rikky Rooksby, a tutor for the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, and author of many articles, reviews and books on English literature and popular music.
Course content includes 1960-63; the early Beatles, 1963-65; first Liverpool then the world, 1966-67; Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love, The Beatles in the studio, The sixties goes colour: the country-culture, psychedelia, encounters or delusions? The nature of consciousness and reality, 1968; the White Album – doll's house or glass union? Politics, barricades, and street-fighting men, and 1969-70; Let it Be and Abbey Road. Eight track recording, litigation and ‘funny paper'. The end of the dream or the beginning of the voyage?
Enrolments will be accepted up to June 1, 2010. Early enrollment is advised as many courses fill before February. For more information about the course and the "Oxford Experience" 2010 programme, please visit www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/details.php?id=O09I102JDR.
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