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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 12, 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 1, 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 a g

Jan 5, 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 Susan S K

Jun 3, 2022

Great course! Learned a lot

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By Angelika

Sep 11, 2017

Great source of knowledge!

By Jon S

Oct 9, 2016

really fun and educational

By Juan C A E

Nov 30, 2020

Great! Excellent teacher.

By Ankit S G

Mar 14, 2019

Music is very important

By 동현 김

Jun 16, 2017

Learned so many things.

By Kathleen O

May 23, 2022

My favorite so far....

By Mauricio S M

Aug 20, 2021

Muy completo el curso.

By Sasha

Mar 14, 2019

Great course. Thanks.


Jun 19, 2018

It was a great course

By Nugrahanto W

Jul 5, 2017

Godd history lessons


Nov 5, 2015

must know, must see!

By Katherin Y F A

Nov 23, 2021

Me encantó el curso

By Jill l

Jul 3, 2021

excellent teacher!

By 晁庚庚

Apr 14, 2016

what a great course

By Ole L

Jul 27, 2020

It was really fun!

By Jairo F C O

Jun 27, 2020

Excellent course.

By Rafael A d C

Jan 7, 2018

Excellent course!