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This course, part 1 of a 2-course sequence, examines the history of rock, primarily as it unfolded in the United States, from the days before rock (pre-1955) to the end of the 1960s. This course covers the music of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and many more artists, with an emphasis both on cultural context and on the music itself. We will also explore how developments in the music business and in technology helped shape the ways in which styles developed.

Rock emerged in the mid 1950s as a blending of mainstream pop, rhythm and blues, and country and western--styles that previously had remained relatively separate. This new style became the music of the emerging youth culture and was often associated with teen rebellion. We will follow the story of how this rowdy first wave of rock and roll (1955-59) was tamed in the early 60s but came roaring back with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and then went psychedelic by the end of the decade.
Course Details:
  • Instructors: John Covach
  • School: University of Rochester
  • Subject: Humanities & Social Studies
  • Publisher: Coursera
  • Price:FREE
  • Certificate:Included Free
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  • Starts: 13 May, 2013
  • Ends: 1 July, 2013
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Alessio Pinto

November 14, 2013

Great course which traces the roots of rock music. Discovered a whole lot of stuff I was unaware of, despite being a music amateur. Also liked the fact that quizzes were quite hard and demanded to pay close attention during the lectures.

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Michael Teague

August 21, 2013

This is a fun course. The professor is entertaining and obviously has done in depth research into the topic. I really enjoyed it. My only complaint has to do with some problems I had with the in video questions that did not work properly all the time.

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