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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 Christine H

Jan 3, 2021

Fascinating. I used the textbook to accompany the lectures and it was of great value

By Joanne P

Jun 5, 2020

Entertaining and informative. Terrific instructor. I would recommend it to a friend.

By Phyllis S

Jul 31, 2016

Delivered by an instructor whose lectures are knowledgeable, well-paced and dynamic.

By Zillah K

Aug 28, 2015

Fascinating account of popular music, mostly American, from 1955 to 1970. I love it.

By Kathy P

Mar 22, 2020

Very informative and fun to learn so much about music. Looking forward to part two.

By Deleted A

Apr 12, 2016

Exciting course, especially if you use the book and the additional on-line material

By Marcos L R G

Feb 24, 2016

Great course. I love rock and now I understand better this wonderful kind of music.

By Kennedy R A

Dec 13, 2023

This was an amazing course, and I can't wait to do part 2. I have learned so much!

By Brittani G

Jan 15, 2019

This was extremely fun and informational. You can impress your friends at parties.

By Cristina S

Sep 14, 2017

A good fun way to learn about the history of ronck. Can't wait to start second p

By Josefin

Oct 31, 2015

This course is the best! Very interesting and informative. Fun to. Check it out.

By Marco L

Oct 5, 2015

Simply great, if you like music you can't miss it. Amazing teaching and contents

By Michel L

Aug 20, 2020

i learnt a lot in this course, I higly recommend for musicians or fans of music

By Robert A

Nov 16, 2017

Awesome course. Very in depth and easy to understand. I can't wait for Part 2

By Cliff B

Sep 6, 2019

Awesome course!! Who knew that you could study Rock & Roll history like this.

By David M

Apr 28, 2022

Well crafted and insightful course on the history of rock at the early stages

By Michael H

Jan 24, 2016

A first rate course which has brought me hours of pleasure and has rekindled

By Melanie L

Aug 7, 2020

Wonderful course and wonderful professor. I loved it and will take Part 2!!

By Ximena C

Jun 22, 2021

aprendes mucho sobre la historia del rock es muy entretenido e interesante

By maximiliano l

Jun 28, 2020

muy bueno , completo con interesantes puntos de vista, realmente me sirvio

By Dave W

May 2, 2020

A lot of fun, and a great overview of how rock music developed in the U.S.

By Lucio M

Oct 10, 2021

Curso muy completo e interesante, con un instructor altamente capacitado.

By Rebecca R

Oct 19, 2016

It really informed me on the importance of rock and roll through history.

By Kellie B

Mar 26, 2022

loved it! There was so much that i didnt know. Cant wait for part 2 😊

By Guillermo F

May 30, 2016

I´m amazed with the detail of the course. Absolutely marvelous. Thanks!