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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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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.


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.

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By Bernardo T

Aug 10, 2017

Very informative.

By Rachel B

Jul 30, 2017

Fantastic course!

By Patrick C

Jul 16, 2017

Very interesting!

By Jesus A B S

May 16, 2017

Fantastic course.

By Robert C

Sep 9, 2015

excellent course!

By Antonella M V B

Apr 12, 2023

Just incredible.

By Margie E

Sep 17, 2020

Excellent course

By César L d F

Aug 11, 2020

The best course!

By Le G

Nov 30, 2019

Very interesting

By daniel p

Jan 31, 2017

Keep on rockin´!

By Frédéric G

May 11, 2016

Fantastic course

By Alvaro D C

Sep 3, 2021

Muy buen curso

By Jesús B B

Sep 26, 2016

Excelente curso

By pingüino

Jun 20, 2021


By Randy I

Nov 7, 2020

Rock n Roll!!!

By 장정원

Aug 15, 2017

very very good

By John W

Mar 4, 2023

Great course!

By Bhupendra S R

Mar 14, 2019

good question

By Masaru O

Aug 27, 2017

Great course!

By Paul S

Nov 7, 2017

Great Lesson

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By Claudia A R P

Apr 21, 2021

Really good

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May 7, 2020