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The R&B/Soul Business: The Roots of Hip -Hop (LSOC-P270)

Camille Colatosti
Berklee College of Music

This course exams the history of the music, artists, business leaders, and practices of one of the most important music genres of the 20th century: r&b/soul. Students explore the influence of the r&b/soul music personalities, and examine how they shaped business practices specific to the field. These practices created a blueprint for the current pop music field, dominated by such hip-hop music moguls as Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, and Sean Combs. The impact of the r&b/soul artists and business people-including artists Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, and Marvin Gaye; and producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, LA, Babyface, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Ahmet Ertegun, Berry Gordy, and Dick Griffey-will be investigated through listening, lecture, discussion and research.


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