Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll

Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll


Listening to and learning more about a favorite genre of music often evokes a sense of nostalgia. That is why long-time professional rock musician, writer and teacher, Peter Elman, is dedicated to sharing with others the history of and his experiences playing rock ‘n’ roll music. 

Elman has lived in the Bay Area for 40 years. He has played music since 1963. He also has extensive experience teaching music history. He has produced more than 30 albums and worked with a number of prominent musicians, like Nils Lofgren and Lacy J. Dalton.

Elman’s upcoming class “Rock & Roll Road Trip: Part 2” continues a series that explores rock ‘n’ roll music from 1955 to 1970. The class surveys the various styles of 1960s music such as surf and folk rock. Elman also discusses several prominent artists like Jimi Hendrix and the Beach Boys. 

His lessons unfold chronologically and are geographically interactive as they “travel” through the birthplaces of ‘60s music and its artists. Elman’s teaching style differs from most traditional methods. He prefers an interactive classroom that incorporates slides, videos, records, photographs and live music. He also tells stories to enhance his students’ in-class experience.

Moreover, Elman believes that his classes are unique since they only discuss American music with American artists from a specific era — making them different from traditional music history classes. 

Though he covers an extensive amount of material, there will be an optimal balance of breadth and depth of information with no rush. 

For those concerned about the class’ rigor, Elman gives no tests or grades and he assigns no homework. Elman believes that it’s important to have a good time while learning.

Elman will hold the class in the performance space at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave. The expansive and informal setting offers comfortable seating and a felicitous place to experience and appreciate music. 

Classes take place every Thursday and will start next Thursday, Feb. 2 and run until March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 865-5060 or visit