Music's Big Bang: The Genesis of Rock 'n' Roll

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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.

Created by:  University of Florida
  • Taught by:  Professor David Carlson, Executive Director of the Center for Media Innovation + Research and Cox/Palm Beach Post Professor of New Media Journalism

    College of Journalism & Communication: Center for Media Innovation
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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.

Created by:  University of Florida
  • Taught by:  Professor David Carlson, Executive Director of the Center for Media Innovation + Research and Cox/Palm Beach Post Professor of New Media Journalism

    College of Journalism & Communication: Center for Media Innovation
Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.6 stars Average User Rating 4.6See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Four basic themes of our course
Some basic tenets of rock 'n' roll


5 videos expand


  1. Video: Class Introduction
  2. Video: An Art and a Business
  3. Video: A Threat to Mainstream American Culture
  4. Video: A Showcase of Technology
  5. Video: Linear Evolution
  6. Discussion Prompt: Meet and greet

Graded: Lesson 1

WEEK 2


In the beginning: American popular music
There were many, many genres, styles and sub styles of American pop


11 videos expand


  1. Video: Intro: Popular Music in the Early 20th Century
  2. Video: Part 1: Country and Rural Blues; Early Jazz
  3. Video: Part 2: The Ladies of Risque or Hokum Blues
  4. Video: Part 3: Early Male Blues and Jazz Players
  5. Video: Part 4: The Spread of Country Music
  6. Video: Part 5: Country Gains Popularity: Bob Wills and Hank Williams
  7. Video: Part 6: On the Fringes: Black (and white) gospel
  8. Video: Part 7: On the fringes: Boogie woogie and jump blues
  9. Video: Part 8: On the fringes: Bluegrass and Folk
  10. Video: Part 9: Mainstream Popular Music 1
  11. Video: Part 10: Mainstream Popular Music 2

Graded: Popular music

WEEK 3


The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 1
The Mississippi Delta, an area surrounding the Mississippi River, becomes the cradle of the blues


5 videos expand


  1. Video: W.C. Handy
  2. Video: Charley Patton: Part 1
  3. Video: Charley Patton: Part 2
  4. Video: Charley Patton: Part 3
  5. Video: Charley Patton: Part 4

Graded: Mississippi Ghosts 1

WEEK 4


The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 2
The legend of Robert Johnson and his visit to "the crossroads"


9 videos expand


  1. Video: Robert Johnson: Part 1
  2. Video: Robert Johnson: Part 2
  3. Video: Robert Johnson: Part 3
  4. Video: Robert Johnson: Part 4
  5. Video: Robert Johnson: Part 5
  6. Video: Lead Belly: Part 1
  7. Video: Lead Belly: Part 2
  8. Video: Son House: Part 1
  9. Video: Son House: Part 2

Graded: Mississippi Ghosts 2

WEEK 5


A tale of three cities: New Orleans
New Orleans is the city of jazz


5 videos expand


  1. Video: Jelly Roll Morton
  2. Video: Louis Armstrong
  3. Video: Professor Longhair
  4. Video: Fats Domino
  5. Video: Lloyd Price

Graded: New Orleans

WEEK 6


A tale of three cities: Chicago
Chicago is where the blues went electric


5 videos expand


  1. Video: Chicago: Part 1
  2. Video: Chicago: Part 2
  3. Video: Chicago: Part 3
  4. Video: Chicago: Part 4
  5. Video: Chicago: Part 5

Graded: Chicago

WEEK 7


A tale of three cities: Memphis
The delivery room of rock 'n' roll


6 videos expand


  1. Video: Memphis: Part 1
  2. Video: Memphis: Part 2
  3. Video: Memphis: Part 3
  4. Video: Memphis: Part 4
  5. Video: The People We Met
  6. Video: Thank you and Final Farewell

Graded: Memphis
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