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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....

Top reviews


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 Ava S

Mar 4, 2018

This course was brain stimulating and enjoyable.

By Sally S V

Oct 13, 2021

increíble, me encantó cómo cuenta la historia!!


Jun 3, 2020

This was a great course. I highly recommend it,

By Raul

Oct 8, 2017

Fascinating history, well said - great examples

By Catalina V

Jul 13, 2016

Very good, well informed and fun course to do!

By fei y

Sep 19, 2016


By Alexandra A

May 13, 2017

Very interesting and comprehensive lectures.

By Lidiane S

May 6, 2022

Gostaria que tivesse legendas em português.

By John C

Jan 15, 2019

Very entertaining and insightful, loved it.

By Paul E P J

Dec 21, 2019

Loved it! Interesting and I learned a lot.

By Kat M

Nov 18, 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 Nayheli A

May 22, 2021

¡Muy buen curso! Totalmente recomendado

By Markus B

Nov 16, 2017

Great content and exceptional professor

By M T

Aug 10, 2017

It was great, looking forward part 2!!!

By Oleg R

Aug 21, 2016

Замечательный и очень интересный курс

By Nick J

May 29, 2023

Very good - on to the next one . . .

By Van-rito U

Feb 2, 2019

Very interesting and useful traversy

By L. R V R

Sep 8, 2015

Outstanding course and a lot of fun.

By Monika F

Oct 21, 2017

Excellent course and great teacher.

By Maica 3

Oct 8, 2023

I've really enjoyed this course.

By Tony W

Jun 21, 2020

Very interesting and informative

By Amber M

Sep 29, 2015

Very enjoyable and well-taught.

By Magnús P

Mar 21, 2020

Very much enjoyed the course.