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Rolling Stones first manager teaching course at TRU in Kamloops

Andrew Loog Oldham has managed several successful bands and artists and is now taking his experience to Thompson Rivers University.
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October 31, 2019 - 9:50 AM

Things at Thompson Rivers University just got a little more rock and roll.

A class on the evolution of pop culture is going to be taught in part by a legendary band manager who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and many other famous musicians.

Andrew Loog Oldham is working with TRU’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism to offer a course on the changing pop culture scene from 1954 to 1984.

Oldham was only 19 when he started as the first manager for the Rolling Stones, according to a TRU media release. He helped launch the Stones into stardom and continued to find and manage artists such as Marianne Faithful, who he discovered at a party, and created albums with Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.

He is the author of several books about his rock and roll lifestyle and will share his perspective on the evolution of pop culture over ten two hour classes. Oldham will be a scholar in residence and teach alongside Bruce Baugh from philosophy and Billy Collins from tourism management.

“Andrew Loog Oldham was at the epicentre of the most exciting music scene of all time: London in the 1960s. Not only did he manage the Rolling Stones, but he knew the Beatles, the Who, the Kinks, Rod “the Mod” Stewart, Jimi Hendrix… It was a scene where everyone of any importance knew everyone else, it was incredibly concentrated in one place and it was amazingly fertile, artistically,” Baugh says in the media release. “It was a cultural revolution that shook the world. There has been nothing like it before or since.”

The 13-week course, titled Rock Dreams: A History, 1954 to 1984, will begin this upcoming January. Anyone can register as the course requires no prerequisites, and you can also score three university credits while taking in Oldham’s teachings. For those who want to participate but want to skip out on the homework, tests, and grading you can enroll in the audited course.

Faculty of Arts Dean Rick McCutcheon said in a media release that he is excited to offer a course to students that delivers lived experience and stories.

“This is truly an exceptional and unique opportunity — not only to relive the firsthand experiences of a living icon from the music industry but to go beyond that to explore an era and a time with a major influencer who helped to shape it,” McCutcheon says in the media release. “The learning that students will do in this class will go far beyond anecdotes and stories, to extend into a deeper understanding of a pivotal period of pop culture and society that has contributed to the cultural influences that we see today.”

To find out more information on the course, call the Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Arts at 250-828-5200.

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