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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

Introduction and Students of the Blues

12 videos (Total 127 min), 4 readings
12 videos
Organizing the Biography and Music11m
The Rise of British Blues11m
The Early Stones10m
Andrew Loog Oldham12m
First Singles and EP14m
Success in the UK, Slow Progress in the US7m
The Debut Album: The Rolling Stones9m
More Singles and an EP in 196416m
12 x 56m
SCU: “Tell Me”, “Good Times, Bad Times”, “Congratulations”11m
Week 1: Rolling Stones Books9m
4 readings
General Overview10m
Grading Scheme10m
About the Professor10m
3 hours to complete

The Year of Satisfaction

9 videos (Total 104 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Stones Singles, Late 1964 and 19655m
Rolling Stones LPs, No. 2 and Now! and Another EP15m
SCU: “As Tears Go By”, “Heart of Stone”, “The Last Time”14m
The Second Half of 1965, Allen Klein, and Tour Madness13m
Out of Our Heads11m
Late 1965: Singles and December’s Children6m
SCU: “Satisfaction”, “The Spider and the Fly”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”18m
Week 2: Rolling Stones Movies7m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Modules 1 & 21h
2 hours to complete

The Music Matures

8 videos (Total 99 min)
8 videos
1966 Overview7m
SCU: “19th Nervous Breakdown”, “Paint It Black”, “Mother’s Little Helper”, “Under My Thumb”17m
Early 196711m
Between the Buttons11m
SCU: “Have You Seen Your Mother”, “Baby”, “Let’s Spend the Night Together”, “Ruby Tuesday”, “Cool, Calm, Collected”19m
Week Three: Instruments of The Rolling Stones11m
3 hours to complete

Psychedelia and Beyond

7 videos (Total 96 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Summer Flowers and Singles5m
Their Satanic Majesties Request10m
SCU: “We Love You”, “Dandelion”, “In Another Land”, “The Lantern”, “She’s A Rainbow”, “2000 Light Years From Home”20m
1968 in Review8m
Beggars Banquet14m
SCU: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Street Fighting Man”, “No Expectations”, “Sympathy for the Devil”20m
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Modules 3 & 41h
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Top reviews from The Music of the Rolling Stones, 1962-1974

By GBAug 10th 2017

I have completed every last one of John Covach's courses and he has inspired my way of playing my own music and the way I hear new music. He is, by far, the best teacher on Coursera.

By KMJul 29th 2019

This course was excellent. I really like the instructor and his ability to bring up interesting facts that really add to the understanding of the music and the musicians.



John Covach

Professor of Music and Director
Institute for Popular Music

About University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University provides exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by its Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery....

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