Sponsored by the Carrie & Ronald Ludwig Chair in 20th Century Rock & Soul Music
An in-depth overview of the history of the Doors, one of the most popular and influential rock groups of all time. Using both common and rare recordings and video clips, the course will trace their artistic evolution from the dawn of their career in the mid-1960s through singer Jim Morrison’s death in 1971. The development of their unique fusion of rock, blues, classical, jazz, and poetry into psychedelia will be explored in detail, as will charismatic singer Morrison’s controversial life and image. Based in Los Angeles, the Doors were among the most important musical acts to emerge from California, and the course will also examine their massive effect on the popular music and culture of their era.
Richie Unterberger is the author of nearly a dozen music history books, including volumes on the Who and the Velvet Underground, as well as a two-part history of 1960s folk rock. His book The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and has taught courses on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, 1960s folk-rock, the history of rock from 1955-1980, and San Francisco rock. He gives regular presentations on rock, soul, and folk history throughout the Bay Area incorporating rare vintage film clips and audio recordings, at public libraries and other venues. In 2014, he was one of seven recipients of grants to conduct research at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its Gladys Krieble Delmas Visiting Scholar Program.