About this Course
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.
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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week
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Subtitles: English
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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Four basic themes of our course

Some basic tenets of rock 'n' roll...
Reading
5 videos (Total 40 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
An Art and a Business9m
A Threat to Mainstream American Culture6m
A Showcase of Technology6m
Linear Evolution8m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Lesson 120m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

In the beginning: American popular music

There were many, many genres, styles and sub styles of American pop...
Reading
11 videos (Total 75 min), 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Part 1: Country and Rural Blues; Early Jazz9m
Part 2: The Ladies of Risque or Hokum Blues4m
Part 3: Early Male Blues and Jazz Players5m
Part 4: The Spread of Country Music9m
Part 5: Country Gains Popularity: Bob Wills and Hank Williams4m
Part 6: On the Fringes: Black (and white) gospel3m
Part 7: On the fringes: Boogie woogie and jump blues9m
Part 8: On the fringes: Bluegrass and Folk6m
Part 9: Mainstream Popular Music 16m
Part 10: Mainstream Popular Music 25m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Popular music20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 1

The Mississippi Delta, an area surrounding the Mississippi River, becomes the cradle of the blues...
Reading
5 videos (Total 32 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Charley Patton: Part 17m
Charley Patton: Part 26m
Charley Patton: Part 34m
Charley Patton: Part 43m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mississippi Ghosts 110m

4

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 2

The legend of Robert Johnson and his visit to "the crossroads"...
Reading
9 videos (Total 60 min), 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Robert Johnson: Part 24m
Robert Johnson: Part 37m
Robert Johnson: Part 48m
Robert Johnson: Part 54m
Lead Belly: Part 19m
Lead Belly: Part 26m
Son House: Part 17m
Son House: Part 2 2m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mississippi Ghosts 220m

5

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

A tale of three cities: New Orleans

New Orleans is the city of jazz...
Reading
5 videos (Total 43 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Louis Armstrong7m
Professor Longhair6m
Fats Domino19m
Lloyd Price3m
Quiz1 practice exercises
New Orleans20m

6

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

A tale of three cities: Chicago

Chicago is where the blues went electric...
Reading
5 videos (Total 44 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Chicago: Part 214m
Chicago: Part 39m
Chicago: Part 45m
Chicago: Part 58m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Chicago20m

7

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

A tale of three cities: Memphis

The delivery room of rock 'n' roll...
Reading
6 videos (Total 56 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Memphis: Part 215m
Memphis: Part 39m
Memphis: Part 48m
The People We Met4m
Thank you and Final Farewell6m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Memphis20m
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Top Reviews

By LWMay 26th 2016

What an awesome course! I am truly learning about the foundation of what we call Rock n Roll music. The professor does such a wonderful job of instructing this class. Thank you

Instructor

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Professor David Carlson

Executive Director of the Center for Media Innovation + Research and Cox/Palm Beach Post Professor of New Media Journalism

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