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.
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