Explores the factors — musical and cultural — that led to the birth of American rock 'n' roll music in the early 1950s. Covers in detail the genres, styles and people that converged to create this new music.
Four basic themes of our course Some basic tenets of rock 'n' roll
In the beginning: American popular music There were many, many genres, styles and sub styles of American pop
The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 1 The Mississippi Delta, an area surrounding the Mississippi River, becomes the cradle of the blues
The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 2 The legend of Robert Johnson and his visit to "the crossroads"
A tale of three cities: New Orleans New Orleans is the city of jazz
A tale of three cities: Chicago Chicago is where the blues went electric
A tale of three cities: Memphis The delivery room of rock 'n' roll
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
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Robert Rileycompleted this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great course. Enthusiastic professor and engaged students on forums. Good use of fair usage clips of songs to deal with copyright restrictions (which ruined another course I took). Some didn't like the timeline assignment, which was core to the course when I took it, but I thought it was a good way to put the music in context. Highly recommended.