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This is the account of the music of the sixties course "Evolution of the Revolution" that we give every semester at Tel Aviv University. The text in the books is my copyright. You are free to read the material on the Ourboox platform, but please do not download or otherwise transfer any…
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Mel’s Mantras for a Better Life – Straight from the Music of the Sixties to You!!

by Sixties Course, Mel Rosenberg

For the past seven years, I have been giving an academic course entitled “The Music of the Sixties: Evolution of the Revolution” at Tel Aviv University and the Holon Institute of Technology.

 

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Our course is about the music, the songs, the melodies, the lyrics, the writers and performers, the producers and us, the audience. We listen to records (real ones), watch videos. The students form a band, and we clap (on the 2 and 4) and join in. We have a facebook group for each course where students can comment and post their own favorites.

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But it’s also about the youth culture of the sixties, cutting through racial and gender inequality, the war in Vietnam, and the dangers of materialism. Naive and optimistic, the ‘message in the vinyl’ is fast-forwarded to us in the haunting cover of the Youngbloods. It is passed down by Donovan singing Buffy Ste-Marie’s “Universal Soldier”, by Leonard Cohen in the “Sacrifice of Isaac”, and in “Aquarius” of the mega-musical “Hair”.

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We ask some difficult questions.

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Here are some of my thoughts, mantras, comments and musings based on the era, the course and my own life as a ‘product’ of the sixties era and culture. Feel free to love them, share them, or ignore them.

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In the course we talk a lot about innovation. For a new idea, product, song or sound to succeed, it has to be accepted. People tend to accept change when it is incremental, evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

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Most of the students in the course want to get academic credits for the course. I give them an exam. There are proctors standing by to see that they answer on their own and do not cheat.

Do they know how little university exams have to do with life?

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Television was in its infancy in the early sixties. It was bad. Now it’s worse, much worse. Check out “Satisfaction”. The Stones wrote a good song for a change.

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Some of the ‘students’ in the course just show up for the exam. They are the minimalists. They miss out on the experience. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it does. They are taking the place of other students that really wanted to be here.

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In our course, we try to keep cynicism at bay. It’s dangerous.

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I don’t know whether the students realize it, but each course is a sixties-style social experiment. They don’t have to form a band, they don’t have to post on our facebook group, they don’t have to show up early for class, they don’t have to be attentive, and they don’t have to bring munchies to our final party. Some of them do. Sometimes, many. We try to create a mini-Woodstock environment. Sometimes, we even succeed!

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Do they understand that they are judged as a group, as a class, and not just as individuals? I hope so.

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No matter how old you are, you always have 100% of your life left to live. Don’t waste time regretting things. Jump out of bed in the morning and make dreams come true!

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The students have youth. Some of them have wide-eyed optimism. They all should.

Do they realize how lucky I am to be teaching them?

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Thank you for reading my book!

If you like it, you might also want to read:

Do you Know your Sixties Music?

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