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  1. (aka: Acoustic Music) Singer/Songwriters of the 70s

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. CSNY Harmonies • Most characteristic trait • Expands tight vocal harmonies of Everly Brothers to four parts

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Singer/Songwriters - style • Generally introspective, self-oriented lyrics • Usually play instrument – guitar or piano • Contrast to hard rock, black-influenced styles, and mainstream rock

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Neil Young • Tremendously important as solo artist • Performs in variety of styles • Rockabilly • Country rock • R&B • Pop • “Godfather of Grunge”

  15. Neil Young - Style • Heavily influenced by Bob Dylan • Storytelling songs, but also personal impressions • Hard-edged • Frequent guitar breaks

  16. 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

  17. The Loner • More rhythmic version of intro • Verse, bridge, hook • Interlude - guitar solo + strings, bass • Verse, bridge, hook • Interlude = Outro