Further Information: Tim Madigan: Myths and Music of the 1960s

Expanded description:

Purpose: to explore the American experience of the 1960s through the myths and music on the time.


Tavis Smiley, Death of a King: The Real Story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, Little Brown, 2014 paperback, $17.


Chris Matthews, Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America, Simon & Schuster, 2011 paperback, $18.

Other readings: A variety of shorter readings will be sent to students on a weekly basis.


Week One: Theme: National Politics and the folk music scene. Overview of class and schedule of topics, readings, etc.

Week Two: Theme: Civil Rights and influence of Rhythm & Blues music

Week Three: Theme: Country & Western music and the other America

Week Four: Theme: Counterculture Music & The impact of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

Instructional Tools: Lectures, videos, music, books, articles, and student personal recollections over the four weeks.

Pre-course meeting: I would like to assemble the class for brief introductions and a few ground rules for successfully communicating in a Zoom environment. Expect an invitation as soon as the class list is available.