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MUS 02 — The Songwriting of The Beatles: The Experimental Sounds of Rubber Soul and Revolver

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 weeks
Date(s): Oct 31—Nov 21
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Nov 2
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Joel Phillip Friedman
Limit: 55
Status: Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Fall
Live Online
Saturdays
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 31—Nov 21
4 weeks
Drop By
Nov 2
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Joel Phillip Friedman
Limit
55
Registration opens Aug 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
More than fifty years after they exploded onto the music scene, The Beatles still capture our imagination as few groups have. In this four-day course, we will delve into The Beatles' career, development, and songwriting process through a deep-dive into two extraordinary albums, the “bookends” of Rubber Soul and Revolver, which marked the end of their commercially driven era and a transition to a more experimental sound. Recorded in the fall of 1965, and a decisive step away from Beatlemania, Rubber Soul showcased the band’s growing maturity as songwriters and studio artists. It was also their second complete album of originals, after 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night. Steeped in equal parts of Bob Dylan, Stax, and Motown soul, Rubber Soul illustrated how pop was rapidly shifting from discrete pop singles to album-length artistic statements. 1966’s Revolver was a landmark—arguably their greatest album. An explosion of influences—psychedelia, American soul, avant-garde European classical/electronic music, Hindustani classical music, and British music hall—Revolver was the album that opened up vast, new artistic spaces and changed rock history. It was also their first album that could not be easily, or adequately, performed by the band live on stage. The course will include lectures, discussions, and the opportunity to listen closely to individual tracks, as we examine the studio process, equipment, techniques, and songwriting craft that brought these albums to life.

Joel Phillip Friedman, Composer; Lecturer

Joel Phillip Friedman's concert, theater, and film music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, on London’s West End, and in Off-Broadway theaters. He has taught at Swarthmore, Georgetown, Stanford, and Catholic University. He received a DMA from Columbia, where he was a President’s Fellow.