Explore the ways in which recording studios and live concerts transformed rock music of the mid to late 1960s, considering the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and the Grateful Dead.

In the studio, music was increasingly subject to technological innovations rendering the recorded work as unique, not just a reproduction of what musicians would play live. Festivals such as Monterey Pop and Woodstock brought unprecedented scale to the production of live rock, while smaller venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco made concerts into events oriented more toward listening than dancing—a mark of changing values in the culture of the time.

Steve Waksman, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies; professor of Music; chair of the Music Department, Smith College


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