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Pop and Rock Music Appreciation

Group discussing Pop and Rock music from the last sixty years

Contact the Group Leader

Group Contact: Mark Hemsley

Telephone: 01208 871012

The next meeting is Tuesday 20th August 1000-1230; the theme for this session is Songs with Memorable First Lines - plus we'll have the sixth instalment of our new feature, Tenuous!  For more details please click on the 2024 Meetings tab to the left. 


The group aims to :

  • explore and learn about different genres of popular and rock music and their evolution, predominantly, but not exclusively, from the 1960s to the 1980s 
  • cover all types of popular music from “classic rock” (however that may be defined!) through to psychedelia, folk, progressive and electronic and everything in between - from Adam Faith and Acker Bilk to Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa
  • expand our knowledge of how popular music has become a significant part of western culture 

How we do this :

  • members decide on the musical theme for each month e.g. songs of Bob Dylan covered by other artistes, favourite guitar bands, rock “family trees”, European Prog Rock.  We then choose one or two tracks each, which are pulled together into a playlist. This forms the basis of our meeting where we discuss the background behind each song - and why we chose it in the first place! 
  • over time we also plan to meet at local venues to see local bands performing live

When we meet :

  • the third Tuesday morning of every month from 1000 to 1200 - venue arranged on an ad-hoc basis
  • each meeting will usually have a limit of 10 members

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