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A new course hopes to offer an exploration of music throughout decades, but there’s no stuffy classrooms sight; instead, Ouseburn’s much-loved Cumberland Arms provides the location for The Social Lectures’ Pop Music History course, beginning on Monday 8th May.

Led by Cornshed Sister Jennie Brewis, The Social Lectures aim to provide a relaxed environment in which to learn more about the history of pop music, touching on politics, industry and social changes that affected music up to the 1980s. The course will have an emphasis on responding to the interests of the group, with an inclusive and social nature at its heart. “I wanted to create something that would allow people to get their brains working – it will be more focused and about acquiring knowledge than a pub quiz, but with those elements of socialising. I love the idea of going somewhere with your mates and sharing some wine whilst doing something creative and educational.”

Focusing on a different decade each lecture, Jennie hopes the events will spark people’s interest and encourage more events in the future. “This course will be a whistlestop tour of pop music; each session will give a brushstroke of that decade and a focus on a couple of things that will spark people’s interest. From this I’ll be able to cater courses to people’s interests. For example, if people would like to do a course just on all of the cultural movements of the 1960’s, or women’s pop music throughout history, we can.”

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