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Soundtrack to the 60s

The Berkeley Music Scene

October 8, 2017 - March 31, 2018

While Berkeley did not have the large ballrooms of San Francisco, it had a variety of small clubs and medium-sized venues that saw many legendary performances during the decade of the 1960s. The current exhibit of the Berkeley Historical Society focuses on these venues and the unique contribution of Berkeley musicians to 1960s music.

The exhibit draws upon the extensive archives of Country Joe McDonald, as well as little-known photographs from the Historical Society and several private collections. From small folk singer gatherings in private homes to public stages, Berkeley provided a rich milieu of opportunity for cross-genre inspiration and creativity. Country Joe and the Fish, the Joy of Cooking, and Creedence Clearwater Revival all had their start in Berkeley.

A timeline of major national and international events provides context for local musical developments. Other parts of the exhibit focus on local recording studios, the Berkeley Folk Festival, the rock scene, rhythm and blues, the role of music in the protest movement, and the career of Country Joe McDonald. Clothing and other artifacts of the period are also on display.

The exhibit will run through March 31, 2018. Additional programming during the course of the exhibit will include panel discussions and interviews with people who were active in the 1960s music scene.


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