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Osher at J: The Roots of Rock & Roll (Course)

September 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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4 Courses

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: Activities Room

Event Dates: All dates—September 11, September 18, September 25 and October 2 

Cost: $45 w/ $35 annual OLLI membership ( OLLI Membership required)  

Take a fascinating, informative and entertaining journey with Bay Area broadcaster John Jensen as we seek the roots of rock. You’ll hear great music, see rare film and video clips while examining the legacies of the pioneers who contributed greatly to this popular music genre. You’ll hear how Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, and Country all converged during that first decade and became the bedrock of what we now call Rock n’ Roll. Along the way we’ll hear the musicians, the singers, the guy and girl groups, the personal stories and the influence of radio, television and big business. You’ll play 50s rock trivia, hear rare songs, studio sessions and see how this music impacted America in the decades to come. 


Instructor: John Jensen

A former San Francisco broadcaster, John Jensen has been an avid collector of music, movies, and radio broadcasts of the 1930s and 40s. Early fascination led to employment as general manager of KMPX, (KMPXRadio.com) a radio station devoted to playing the music and radio broadcasts of those years. He produced a world-wide radio broadcast honoring the US Navy’s 200th Anniversary, starring Bing Crosby, Mel Blanc, and other radio stars from the 1940s. In 1992, he directed the 50th Anniversary Salute to Armed Forces Radio in a broadcast heard world-wide. As an audio historian, he has provided research and assorted media to filmmakers, such as Jack Haley, Jr., Frances Ford Coppola, and George Lucas. He recently retired as Senior Director of Public Relations for the humanitarian organization, World Vision. Since then he has been lecturing at various venues throughout the Puget Sound area on events surrounding the Great Depression and World War II.

The Osher at the J program series is sponsored by The Summit, A Kline Galland Community.



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