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American Singer-Songwriters of the 70s
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
guitar, Tomorrow, important, resonate, King, Beatty, Beatles, Garfunkel, acoustic, Bach, Apple, Monkees, Tapestry, Rain, studied, Anticipation, trademark, Carolina, female, cool, naval, sincerity, earnest, folk, me
1960s authenticity trend in rock music
when you write a song, the lyrics should be about something                    and serious-minded
it shouldn't just be about I want to hold your hand, and she loves you yeah, yeah, yeah
Dylan lead the charge in that direction
came from the          tradition
one of the critics of Dylan was that he took the "we" out of folk music and turned it into the "    "
           gazing, thinking about his own thoughts
the                began to act more and more like singer-songwriters as the 60s progressed
the importance of being               
you have to create the impression of                    and personal expression
you have to be understood by the listener that what you are singing is something that you really think, experienced or                  with
nothing should get in the way between the singer and the listener
no extended              solos
no          sounds that come into the picture
                 guitar and piano are the simple instruments to communicate this
it's about the song, the sincerity, and the performance of it
James Taylor
starts out in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
a new artist with a direct connection back to the 1960s
1969 album "James Taylor", with            Records
"                 on my Mind"
"Something in the Way She Moves"
Warner Brothers, good success
1970 "Fire and         "
1971 "You've got a Friend"
written by Carole         
Carole King
one of the most important song writers of the 1960s
"Will You Still Love me                 "
hit after hit after hit
dry spell when the focus moved from New York to Los Angeles
also wrote for the               
reemerges as a singer song-writer
with encouragement of James Taylor
"you can sing your own songs"
1971 album:                 
a classic album
number one in 1971
"It's too Late"
"I Feel the Earth Move"
influential singer for you              singers
Paul Simon
after breaking up with                   
roots in 60s are clear
1972 "Kodachrome"
used the word as a metaphor for our memories
Kodak company insisted that it be acknowledged that Kodachrome was a                    of the Kodak company
the BBC refused to play the song on the air because they thought they would be promoting a trademark, i.e. an advertisement
1973 "American Tune"
uses a          melody
rivaled Carole King and Bob Dylan as one of the best American song writers
Carly Simon
1973: You're So Vain
a boyfriend who is self-absorbed
perhaps Warren             
perhaps Mick Jagger
would be especially delicious because she gets him to sing background vocals
she has denied this
Harry Chapin
introspective songs
1972: Taxi
a taxi driver's passenger turns out to be an old woman friend
1974: Cat's in the Cradle
bitter sweet memories
Don McLean
1971: Vincent
1971: American Pie
one of the most                songs when it first came out
has references to history of rock
Jim Croce
1973: Bad Bad Leroy Brown
1973: Time in a Bottle
both number one singles in 1973

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From the master of the singer song-writer genre, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "The most important characteristic of being a singer song-writer in the 1970s was being earnest. You had to create the impression of sincerity and personal expression. You had to be understood by the listener that what you were singing was something that you really thought, something that you had experienced personally, or something that you deeply resonated with. Nothing but this direct communication should get between you and the listener, no extended guitar solos, no fancy virtuosity, no cool sounds should come into the picture. The simplicity of the acoustic guitar and the human voice were the perfect instruments to communicate this meaning in a one-to-one with the listener:it was about the song, the message, and the sincerity, and nobody mastered this better than James Taylor."
Variations on a century old theme, via tonight's History of Rock and Roll class: "Paul Simon's 1971 hit "American Tune" is based on a melody line from a chorale from Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, itself a reworking of an earlier secular song, "Mein G'müt ist mir verwirret," composed originally as a love song by Hans Leo Hassler, a late Renaissance German composer. Simon's song is not a love song, but a song which offers a perspective on the American experience with references to struggle, weariness, hard work, confusion, and homesickness. The bridge conveys a dream of death and of the Statue of Liberty sailing away to sea. The song ends with an assertion that you can't be forever blessed, before the lyrics return to the idea of work, tiredness, and resignation."
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The Uniqueness of James Brown
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1974-77: Punk in the UK
American New Wave 1977-80
British New Wave 1977-80
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The Rise of MTV
Michael Jackson: MTV's Unexpected Boon
Madonna as Disruptive Shock Artist
Prince and Janet Jackson
Other Groups Who Benefited from MTV
1980s New Traditionalists and New Wave
1980s New Acts, Old Styles and Blue-Eyed Soul
1970s Progressive Rock Adapts to the 80s
1980's Heavy Metal
1980s Heavy Metal and L.A. Hair Bands
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The Beginning of Rap
1980s: Rap Crosses Over to Mainstream
Late 1980s Hard Core Rap
Punk Goes Hardcore
Late 80s Indie Rock Underground
1990s: The Rise of Alternative Rock
1990s Indie Rock and the Question of Selling Out
1990s Metal and Alternative Extensions
Hip-Hop in the 1990s
Classic Rock of the 1990s
1990s Jam Bands and Britpop
Female Singer-Songwriters of the 1990s
The Rise of Teen Idols in the 1990s
1990s Dance Music