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A Soul Music Sunday

$96 Limited inc GST / $86
A Soul Music Sunday

<p>Soul Music is the basis for much of our popular music today. Beginning in the Southern Church with Gospel music and on the Plantation with Field Songs of the American South, it was developed by

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Soul Music is the basis for much of our popular music today. Beginning in the Southern Church with Gospel music and on the Plantation with Field Songs of the American South, it was developed by early pioneers such as Ray Charles and James Brown and then crossed over to mainstream music in the 1950s and 60s. Explore, see and hear some great Soul Music; follow its development; and see how it has influenced modern R&B, Rap and Pop. Includes footage of rare performances just released on DVD which will include Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding, the Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and of course Aretha Franklin. A great soulful day!


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to Soul Music: We start with an overview of the Soul Genre. We will begin by listening to some of the classic stars and recordings from the 1950s and 1960s including Billy Stewart, Ray Charles, James Brown and Sam Cooke (the originators of Soul). The Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and many more will be sampled. We will also view a video from the BBC "Respect" and perhaps an episode from the excellent "Soul Deep" series.
  • The Soul Groups and Motown: We will focus on the great groups of the 1960s. Starting with Motown and its Stars we will examine and see The Four Tops, the Temptations and a host of others. We will watch excerpts from Standing in the Shadows of Motown and a performance by Motown’s first star, Smokey Robinson. They’ll be lots to hear!
  • The Stax Sound: Stax Records of Memphis had a distinctive sound that was the essence of Soul Music. It was raw and honest and associated with the Civil Rights Movement. We will listen to and explore some of the greats from Stax and watch rare performances from the excellent "Soul Comes Home" and "Only the Strong Survive" DVDs. You’ll be taken on a tour of the excellent Stax Museum in Memphis
  • Soul in the 1970s and Beyond: We will hear some of the directions sound went to in the last few decades. We will hear from groups such as the Stylistics, Chi-Lites and Spinners where soul was during the Disco era. We will look at Chicago and Philadelphia Soul and a host of others.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Value the place of Soul Music in the development of modern musical styles.
  2. Evaluate the historical development of Soul as a part of Blues, Jazz and Gospel music.
  3. Recognise the various soul performers and what they contributed to the genre.
  4. Evaluate the place of Soul Music in the Civil Right’s Movement and its place in Black Culture.
  5. Examine the various regional styles of soul music and learn something of their place in the development of the whole genre.