The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Rock and Roll Night School - Album Spotlight: Grateful Dead's Terrapin Station (1977)

Wednesday, January 30: 7 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's special exhibit Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip, this edition of Rock and Roll Night School will spotlight the Dead's 1977 album Terrapin Station.  Their first album for Arista Records, Terrapin Station represented a musical departure for the band.  For the first time in a decade, the band enlisted the help of an outside producer (Keith Olsen, Fleetwood Mac).  The result was a grab-bag of musical styles, including Motown covers (“Dancin’ in the Streets”), reggae influences (“Estimated Prophet”), and progressive rock styles (“Terrapin Station Part 1”) – all of which became important pieces in the band’s live shows.  Though the album received mixed reviews upon its release, it has since been valued as an underrated gem.  This month’s Rock and Roll Night School will begin with a listening of the album in its entirety and will continue with an in-depth discussion about the album, with specific attention paid to the experimental 16-minute title track.

This event is FREE and RSVPs are not required.  Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s education department presents Rock and Roll Night School, a monthly series of educational, discussion-based evening classes offered free of charge from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The award-winning education department leads the classes, which are geared towards adults interested in gaining more knowledge about rock and roll history. The program explores the history of rock and roll from its roots to its current incarnations.

Special attention is given to the music’s impact on society, its reception by fans, and its most innovative practitioners. Each class includes a presentation, music and video clips, and group discussions.

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