F106 Fall 2018 Behind the Music
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Sept. 18–Nov. 6
Instructor: Michelle Blandburg
We all know the stars; we all know the music! But do we really know how everything comes together? In this class, we will learn about the magicians behind the scenes who make it all happen: the producer, the engineer, and the record company. In a series of videos, we will see diverse stars of popular music perform and discuss the talented individuals who helped make them who they are. They include: Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records; producer Sir George Martin; producer and recording engineer Tom Dowd; producer Arif Mardin of Memphis-based Stax Records; and Muscle Shoals producer Rick Hall. We will also view award-winning videos such as Standing in the Shadows of Motown featuring the magnificent house band nicknamed The Funk Brothers, as well as the unacknowledged singers in 20 Feet from Stardom whose background vocals added soulful harmonies to much of popular music.
Michelle Blandburg is an OLLI Board member and officer, a music and movie lover, and a repeat instructor. She enjoys all things theatrical.