History of Rock, Part Two

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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 transform... 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.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 30 reviews
  • 30 completed
4 years, 9 months ago
I expected a continuation of the awesomeness of the other two courses, and John Covach delivered. I really look forward to his MOOC on The Rolling Stones early next year.
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5 years, 3 months ago
* My Prior Experience: Despite all Rock and Roll songs when I was a teenager, I coursed "History of Rock, Part One"... * 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. This second part is specially much quick than the first: sometimes it is almost an... * My Prior Experience: Despite all Rock and Roll songs when I was a teenager, I coursed "History of Rock, Part One"... * 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. This second part is specially much quick than the first: sometimes it is almost an enumeration of bands of a style. \- 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 viewpoint, "History of Rock, Part Two" was also awesome! Although I prefered the first part, it also went beyond my expectations and it helped me to expand my Rock knowledge. I recommend this course for all Rock lovers... You won't regret! Rock on! (Course taken between July and August 2013).
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 8 months ago
Taught by an affable and enthusiastic professor. It's a fine survey of the history of rock music that moves at a good clip. Lectures are well-delivered and peppered with interesting trivia bits. Best parts were when the inherently fascinating and fun material intersected with social and political currents of its time...such as a discussion on the sudden 'demise' of disco or how James Brown did not water down his black identity and yet achieved mainstream success and acceptance. I have the occasional quibbles of certain inclusions such as The Bangles and some major exclusions (no mention of ABBA or CHIC) of certain musical acts but that is to be expected given the rich genre that it is.
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5 years, 10 months ago
I would not grade the course difficulty as it is not meant to be easy or hard...just enjoyable and a fantastic learning experience if you like music. Each of the lectures were so good you did not want them to end. John Covach is a fantastic professor who engages his audience with each lecture. I took Part I and II and as with the others in the classes, no one wanted the classes to end. the people on the forums were very supportive and helpful. Many created playlists of all the songs mentioned in the course. We all have a huge music playlist now. The classes and professor were so popular that we forced Mr. Covach to add another class so next year he will present a course on The Beatles. Can't wait. The alumni of History of Rock still keep in touch though FB groups and have even talked of meeting at some point. The most enjoyable experience of all Coursera offerings.
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5 years, 11 months ago
This comes as a 2 part offering, this second part covers Rock music roughly from the late 60's to the end of the 90's. It is a consistent progression of Part 1 of the course, indeed they could have been combined into a single 12 week offering. The comments below also come straight from my part 1 review: 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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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
  • 4 completed
6 years ago
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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  • 77 completed
6 years ago
This is the second part of a two-part course, so I'll just write in here what I said about the first part. 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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