Joni Mitchell, courtesy of Photofest


The Decade of the Singer-Songwriter

Tuesdays, May 9–June 13, 1:00–3:00 p.m. (6 sessions)

About the Program

While the 1970s are often remembered as the decade of disco music, the disco craze didn’t take hold until the end of the 1970s. Throughout the decade, singer-songwriters dominated the music charts.

Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Elton John, and Billy Joel are just some of the brilliant artists who emerged as superstars, selling records at a pace never before imaginable. In this class, examine the careers of these legendary musicians, as well as the excitement, excesses, and tragedies of the 1970s.

Instructor: Steve Barri is a composer, lyricist, music industry executive, and musical theater enthusiast. As vice president of Dunhill Records, he was involved in signing several notable acts, including Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffet, and Three Dog Night. While working at Warner Bros. and Motown Records, Barri was a producer for Lionel Richie and served as advisor for the soundtrack of The Big Chill.