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

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  • 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