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History of Rock, Part Two

University of Rochester via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Music
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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This course, part 2 of a 2-course sequence, examines the history of rock, primarily as it unfolded in the United States, from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. This course covers the music of Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, Carole King, Bob Marley, the Sex Pistols, Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Metallica, Run-DMC, and Nirvana, 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.

Emerging out of the experimental and ambitious years of late-60s psychedelia, rock splintered into a variety of styles in the 1970s as the music business continued to expand. By the end of the decade, punk and disco had challenged the excesses of the hippie aesthetic, as rock became more commercially streamlined and radio friendly. The emergence and rise of MTV transformed pop music and propelled the careers of Michael jackson and Madonna, while heavy metal and hip hop dominated the late 1980s. Nirvana leads alt-rock's return to simplicity in the early 1990s.

Taught by

John Covach

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Lau L
5.0 4 years ago
Lau completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
To big fans of Rock music, this course might seem to skim over a lot of precious material. However, it is an excellent introductory course to Rock music and the study of the history of music in general. As a beginner to Rock music, I thoroughly enjoyed the second part of the course - it was clear but interesting, simple yet insightful. Most of all, I learnt to see music as a cultural influence and product just as much as it is a form of art. Dr. Covach was a great instructor.
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Aana completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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