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(aka: Acoustic Music). Singer/Songwriters of the 70s. Singer/Songwriter. Catchall term to describe primarily acoustic music of early-mid 1970s Extension of folk rock Emphasis on vocal ability, songwriting Two types: Groups Singer/songwriters. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Supergroup

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Aka acoustic music

(aka: Acoustic Music)

Singer/Songwriters of the 70s


Singer songwriter
Singer/Songwriter

  • Catchall term to describe primarily acoustic music of early-mid 1970s

  • Extension of folk rock

  • Emphasis on vocal ability, songwriting

  • Two types:

    • Groups

    • Singer/songwriters


Crosby stills nash and young
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

  • Supergroup

    • David Crosby from The Byrds

    • Stephen Stills & Neil Young from Buffalo Springfield

      • Acid-country-folk rock

      • Similar to Byrds but more folkie

      • Ex. For What It’s Worth

    • Graham Nash from The Hollies


Crosby stills nash and young1
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash came together 1968

    • Tight harmonically

    • But missing high end

    • Ask Young to join early ‘69

  • All four songwriters - varied character to output


Teach
Teach

  • Songwriter: Graham Nash

  • Country influence

  • Two part harmonies on first verse

  • Four part harmony in refrain

  • Second verse - lead vocals + tight, Everly Brothers harmonies


Ohio

  • Songwriter = Neil Young

  • Lyrics about Kent State massacre (1970)

  • Riff-based

  • Distorted electric guitar

  • No harmonies at beginning - significant

  • Particularly tight harmonies for rest - adds tension


Csny harmonies
CSNY Harmonies

  • Most characteristic trait

  • Expands tight vocal harmonies of Everly Brothers to four parts


Simon and garfunkel
Simon and Garfunkel

  • Heavily influenced by Everly Brothers

    • 1957 hit “Hey Schoolgirl” (as Tom and Jerry) near copy of Everly Brothers style

  • Also Brill Building


Simon and garfunkel sound of silence
Simon and Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

  • Originally issued acoustically – flops

  • Re-released with studio production, rock band backing - #1 hit

  • Dark imagery, but framed as pop song


Singer songwriters
Singer/Songwriters

  • Musician who writes own material

  • Usually solo act

  • Not oriented toward mainstream

  • Latter-day folk rock, with many other additional influences

    • Folk Jazz

    • Rock Pop

    • Blues


Singer songwriters style
Singer/Songwriters - style

  • Generally introspective, self-oriented lyrics

  • Usually play instrument – guitar or piano

  • Contrast to hard rock, black-influenced styles, and mainstream rock


James taylor 1948
James Taylor (1948- )

  • Started as folk artist in NYC coffee houses

  • Signed to Apple Records in 1967

  • First successful album Sweet Baby James (1970)

    • Painful, introspective lyrics


Fire and rain
Fire and Rain

  • Clear folk rock orientation

  • Lyrical content personal, but with pop elements

  • Acoustic guitar by Taylor

  • Backing from rock band, with fair amount of production

  • End-weighted


Neil young
Neil Young

  • Tremendously important as solo artist

  • Performs in variety of styles

    • Rockabilly

    • Country rock

    • R&B

    • Pop

  • “Godfather of Grunge”


Neil young style
Neil Young - Style

  • Heavily influenced by Bob Dylan

  • Storytelling songs, but also personal impressions

  • Hard-edged

  • Frequent guitar breaks


The loner
The Loner

  • Intro - acoustic guitar + keyboard

  • Verse - complete change of sound, texture

    • Heavy bass and guitar

    • Distorted, buzzy guitar

    • Every phrase completed by 2 bar break for guitar

  • Bridge - another complete change

    • Sweeping strings

    • Heavy drumming

    • Exposed guitar

  • Hook as refrain - a capella


The loner1
The Loner

  • More rhythmic version of intro

  • Verse, bridge, hook

  • Interlude - guitar solo + strings, bass

  • Verse, bridge, hook

  • Interlude = Outro


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