Class Information for Winter 2020: BEATLES, “The Making of Rubber Soul”, Monday February 24, 3:00-5:00 pm, RH Johnson Lecture hall (W702)
Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles as they establish themselves as a creative force in the studio with the release of their 6th album -- “Rubber Soul”. The album has been recognized as a major step forward in pop music, in terms of lyrical content and musical scope, incorporating a mix of pop, soul and folk genres. We will discuss the genesis of how the songs were written, musical influences, and recording production. “Rubber Soul” introduced the “rock as art” album that influenced many of their peers including Brian Wilson, Ray Davies, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Rubber Soul remains the precursor to the development of psychedelia and progressive rock. (2 hours) Rolling Stone ranks “Rubber Soul” as the #5 album of all time.