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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 Shirley K

Jul 10, 2020

such a fun course! brought back great memories of the history of rock!


Nov 3, 2018

Great course.I am going to study History of Rock Part 2 in the future!

By LiJing F

Nov 1, 2015

The professor is so charming! I am sure he gets well with Woody Allen.

By Riffka S

Sep 1, 2021

I had an amazing time learning with this class, I'm so glad I did it!

By Eduardo D S L

May 30, 2021

Very interesting course, specially if you are into music or a big fan

By Ishen P

Aug 14, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, and found some new music along the way

By Cheyenne M

Sep 9, 2020

Amazing! So well taught, easy to follow, fun, and I learned so much!

By Maksym H

Apr 28, 2019

Very cool! I'd like to thank everobody who have created this course.

By Jeff M

Aug 16, 2016

John Covach really knows his stuff, I would like to take part 2 now.

By So P

Nov 4, 2020

I learned so much, the course is amazing. Definitely taking part 2.

By Katarina P

Apr 15, 2023

Interesting, enlightening, I enjoyed taking this course very much

By Bill M

Sep 15, 2020

Very insightful, interesting and well taught. Really enjoyed it.

By Gavin O

Mar 23, 2017

An absolutely outstanding course! Nothing else needs to be said.

By Katerina K

Aug 13, 2023

Elaborate course, intresting lectures, great studying material.

By Maria M M

Sep 24, 2020

Great course, I learned a lot, thank you very much Mr. Covach.

By Tiago L C

Mar 19, 2021

Very good teacher that makes things very easy to understand.

By Darren B

Jun 24, 2016

Good overview of the rock industry and good survey of music.

By Fran

Jun 13, 2016

This is a well-structured and excitingly informative course.

By Esperanza R M

Mar 20, 2016

I just loooooooooved this course! Professor Covach rocks!

By Samantha B

Sep 26, 2015

There's so much detail in this fun and interesting class.


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By Carlen H

Oct 23, 2017

Great course, learned tons and look forward to Part 2!

By Ernesto D (

Sep 26, 2015

Tons of excelent information. explicated so cleary.

By Michele M

Jan 30, 2023

Easy to follow and full of excellent information.

By Gustavo A G

Jun 10, 2020

Excellent review of the beginnings of rock music