Music’s Big Bang: The Genesis of Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Overview

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.

Syllabus

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

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