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Free and Open to the Public but reservations required

(619) 522-7343, or visit us online

Dates & Times:
Sept. 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Osher - It's Only Rock and Roll

Presented by John D. Spreckels Center - UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Insitute

Sept. 14, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

John D. Spreckels Center 1019 Seventh Street Coronado, CA 92118


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The John D. Spreckels Center is continuing its quarterly Osher Lifelong Learning Institute partnership “Saturday Arts Lecture” on Saturday, September 14 (10am- 11:30am). The streaming lecture will be “It’s Only Rock and Roll: The Folk Revival: Guthrie to Dylan.    Contrary to current mythology, most popular music during the decade of the 1960s was neither revolutionary nor radically innovative. Mainstream radio was mostly AM, and the music industry controlled what was played and created for the teen audiences. It was only in the later 1960s that innovations born of the rise of FM radio, national cultural politics, the confluence of several genres of music, and formerly underground publications began to change the shape of popular musical tastes. This lecture will examine the influence of the Civil Rights Movement, Free Speech and Student Activism and the British Invasion: From Beatles to Zombies illustrating how the political and economic history that shaped the decade profoundly influenced the evolution of popular music and its reception. The lecture will be illustrated by playing samples of the music and viewing excerpts of relevant documentaries.

This informative lecture will feature Professor Robert Cancel, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at UC San Diego. He specialized in African and Caribbean Literature and also taught courses on Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture, including one about popular music of the 1960s. Cancel received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

To sign up or receive additional information, stop by the Spreckels Center at 1019 Seventh Street, call (619) 522-7343, or visit us online at