Program Details

The Greenwich Village Music Scene of the 60s    Generously underwritten by Jim and Barbara Sadowsky

PinkSlip Duo
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Beat Generation poets held forth in the parks and coffee houses of New York's Greenwich Village in the 1950s, but by the next decade, a new movement was taking over, a wave of socially conscious, guitar-strumming poets who turned the Bohemian coffeehouses of the Village, like The Gaslight Cafe, Gerde's Folk City, The Bitter End, and Café Wha? into the focal point of the sixties folk revival. Inspired by the Weavers and others, young troubadours like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Judy Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, and others rose to prominence there, making way for folk-rock musicians like the Mamas and the Papas, and The Youngbloods. In a live musical examination of this cultural phenomenon, Joan and Bill retrace the steps of folk to folk-rock legends with slides and commentary that recall the coffeehouses and poignant ballads, sung in rich harmony, for an enjoyable sing-along (lyrics provided) and an educational and nostalgic journey.

About the Instructor

  • Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D. (harmony vocals, keyboard, guitar, autoharp, ukulele) is a 30-year professor of education and author, and Bill Bowen (lead vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica) is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music. They formed the PinkSlip Duo 13 years ago and used their research and writing skills to create musical lectures about their musical heroes. The PinkSlip Duo was named “Best Folk Band” for Palm Beach and Broward counties by New Times.