History of Rock, Part One

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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 wi... 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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Dianne Owens profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 30 reviews
  • 30 completed
5 years, 1 month ago
I enrolled in this course to learn more about the music that my dad used to play in our household when I was growing up in Australia during the 80's. He used to play music from various eras, with an appreciation for some of the genres that inspired Rock music. The first installment of the course discusses the part that radio and television played in the spread of music, each genre adding to the collective that would inform and inspire rock. We see the part that certain figures, such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles, played in popularizing Rock music. The course delivers a lot of facts, but also encourages students to search out some of the tracks and bands mentioned on their own. It was engaging and led to me enrolling in the second installment as well as The Music of The Beatles that finished a week ago and the course on The Rolling Stones that goes live early 2015.
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4/10 starsDropped
  • 7 reviews
  • 5 completed
5 years, 3 months ago
It's a good class--if you know *nothing* about the history of rock. If you're a music-loving baby boomer like me, there's nothing new.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 15 reviews
  • 15 completed
5 years, 5 months ago
* My Prior Experience: Well... I have listen to Rock and Roll since I was a teenager. That is all! * Evaluation activities: There is a 30-question quizz every two weeks, which one can try three times. * Good points: \- Professor Covach is extremelly didactic: he always finds the best words to use, even when it is necessary to talk about technical aspects, such as tempo, tone or rhythm. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- There are lots of discussions and Professor Covach participates of them as much as possible. \- Evaluation is based on quizz and one can do it three times, demanding little time and permiting to improve the grade, if needed. * Bad points: \- Despite easy, the course is very high-paced: some subjects are not deepened, other are not even mentioned. \- Due to copyright, there is no song during any class, demanding that students look for songs over th... * My Prior Experience: Well... I have listen to Rock and Roll since I was a teenager. That is all! * Evaluation activities: There is a 30-question quizz every two weeks, which one can try three times. * Good points: \- Professor Covach is extremelly didactic: he always finds the best words to use, even when it is necessary to talk about technical aspects, such as tempo, tone or rhythm. \- The lessons are well divided and organised, contributing for a better understanding of each subject. \- There are lots of discussions and Professor Covach participates of them as much as possible. \- Evaluation is based on quizz and one can do it three times, demanding little time and permiting to improve the grade, if needed. * Bad points: \- Despite easy, the course is very high-paced: some subjects are not deepened, other are not even mentioned. \- Due to copyright, there is no song during any class, demanding that students look for songs over the Internet. This may take much time of some people. * Overall evaluation: In my opinion, "History of Rock, Part One" was awesome! It really exceeded my expectations and I became more interested in Rock and Roll than ever. I recommend this course for all Rock lovers... You won't regret! (Course taken between May and July 2013).
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sam tan profile image
9/10 starsCompleted
  • 33 reviews
  • 31 completed
5 years, 10 months ago
Fun and fast-paced survey of the history of rock music right up to the late 1960s. Well-delivered lectures by an enthusiastic professor. Great to see hear various discussions of the social, cultural and political impacts on this vibrant art form. It was a pity that no thanks to draconian copyright issues, no sound clips of the songs covered appeared in the video lectures but it turned out to be a non-issue as students quickly assembled collections of music related to the course and shared them with other students.
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6/10 starsCompleted
  • 11 reviews
  • 10 completed
5 years, 12 months ago
The "History of Rock, Part One" covers the development of rock music in America starting from the early part of the 20th century and ending in the late 1960s. As is usual for MOOC courses focusing on copyrighted content, no music is played during the lectures, so you have to find the music on your own (almost all of the music is available on YouTube). There are four relatively easy quizzes and no peer-graded assignments. I did not participate in the forums so I cannot comment on their utility. PROS \- the lectures are entertaining and of reasonable length ranging from 10 to 15 minutes \- learned about some important figures in the history of rock \- the interaction between white and black music and audiences is well-told \- inspired me to dig further into some music I had only had a passing acquaintance with previously (e.g., The Lovin' Spoonful). CONS \- I would have preferred more scholarship, that is, evidence backing up assertion... The "History of Rock, Part One" covers the development of rock music in America starting from the early part of the 20th century and ending in the late 1960s. As is usual for MOOC courses focusing on copyrighted content, no music is played during the lectures, so you have to find the music on your own (almost all of the music is available on YouTube). There are four relatively easy quizzes and no peer-graded assignments. I did not participate in the forums so I cannot comment on their utility. PROS \- the lectures are entertaining and of reasonable length ranging from 10 to 15 minutes \- learned about some important figures in the history of rock \- the interaction between white and black music and audiences is well-told \- inspired me to dig further into some music I had only had a passing acquaintance with previously (e.g., The Lovin' Spoonful). CONS \- I would have preferred more scholarship, that is, evidence backing up assertions. Example: when Bob Dylan went electric, the teacher said this "made a tremendously big impact". What does this mean? How does he know? \- the instructor has a tendency of apologizing whenever any comment about race arises; just present the facts: we are adult enough to figure out the moral issues \- too many cute anecdotes (e.g., guy who didn't sign the Beatles) that don't shed real light on the subject In summary, entertaining but rather shallow. The best result of this course is it motivated me to look at a wider range of artists and to expand my musical tastes. (Course taken Fall 2013.)
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Adam Durham profile image
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8/10 starsTaking Now
  • 6 reviews
  • 2 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
I've been a music major in college and professional musician. Taking this course just for fun and to "brush up" on some history. Already knew a lot of the material but there are some "fun facts" thrown in. Check the forums, because some guy made a Spotify list with all of the recommended listening songs. Awesome! Very easy course if you take good notes while watching the video.
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Dennis Horne profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 24 reviews
  • 23 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
This comes as a 2 part offering, this part covers Rock music up to the late 60's Elvis, the Beatles, Dylan and the Hippy culture. The title should be something like' 20th Century Rock in the context of Popular Music' as there is a comparison of the rock genre's development with its contemporaries such as soul punk and reggae. The style, content and delivery of the lectures is excellent. It does not require the ability to play or read music. The quiz/exam workload is light, but not to the detriment of the quality of the instruction. If you love Rock Music, you can take this one to relax & learn at the same time. The Forums are articulate, passionate and worth reading; many participants have lived through the period and at times it becomes a live history lesson.
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KJ profile image
KJ profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
  • 4 completed
6 years, 1 month ago
I took both Parts I and II, so I'm just going to cut and paste my review from Part II here. YOU WILL LOVE THIS CLASS!!!! Wow! Great class! I learned so much. The professor was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I've taken five classes so far, and his quizzes are clear and concise. The class opened my eyes to a lot of musical trends I previously knew nothing about! Thank you, Dr Covach! I have recruited my whole family to take Parts I and II when they come around again in the fall!
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 86 reviews
  • 77 completed
6 years, 3 months ago
Fantastic course overviewing the history of contemporary music. Listening to professor John Covach tell his stories so passionately is an incredible experience. I highly recommend it if you're a fan of rock/pop music. You will learn a bit more about your favorite bands, but more importantly you will get a holistic summary of how music evolved in the US and how it translates very closely our modern history. The course itself is relatively light and the assessments are easy. But that doesn't take anything away from it. I'm convinced part of the reason I found the quizzes so easy to answer was because the professor is so good.
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