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About the Course

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....

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Mar 13, 2018

Provided insight into what I was listening to as a pre-teen. I didn't have the exposure to some of the older roots or the an understanding of the business forces that shaped the music I had access to.


Oct 02, 2016

This course has really helped to fill out my piecemeal understanding of the development of rock music. The pace and content of learning has been well considered and Prof Covach is to be congratulated.

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By Paul E P J

Dec 21, 2019

Loved it! Interesting and I learned a lot.

By Kat M

Nov 19, 2015

Loved the class, I will be taking part 2.

By Dr. W K

Aug 10, 2020

Excellent course and an excellent tutor.

By Wonje S

Sep 24, 2016

It was a great course I have ever taken.

By Markus B

Nov 16, 2017

Great content and exceptional professor

By Miguel A T O

Aug 11, 2017

It was great, looking forward part 2!!!

By Oleg R

Aug 21, 2016

Замечательный и очень интересный курс

By Ivan H T V

Feb 02, 2019

Very interesting and useful traversy

By L. R V R

Sep 08, 2015

Outstanding course and a lot of fun.

By Monika F

Oct 22, 2017

Excellent course and great teacher.

By Tony W

Jun 21, 2020

Very interesting and informative

By Amber M

Sep 30, 2015

Very enjoyable and well-taught.

By Magnús P

Mar 21, 2020

Very much enjoyed the course.

By a g

Jan 05, 2019

Thanks a lot for this course!

By Mandy C

Jun 25, 2017

Great and interesting course!

By Fábio P Z

Sep 10, 2015

Amazing learning experience !

By Simon w

Jul 14, 2020

excellent, very much enjoyed

By Diego C

May 24, 2020


By Angelika

Sep 11, 2017

Great source of knowledge!

By Jon S

Oct 10, 2016

really fun and educational


Mar 14, 2019

Music is very important

By 동현 김

Jun 17, 2017

Learned so many things.

By Sasha

Mar 14, 2019

Great course. Thanks.


Jun 19, 2018

It was a great course