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How Rock and Roll Shaped America in the 1950s and 1960s

Professor: S. Rosenberg


Term: Fall

Year: 2013

Course Code: FY-101-BM50

This course introduces students to the impact of rock and roll music, from its beginnings in 1955 through the end of the 1960s. During this fifteen year period, popular music witnessed a new generation of singers, songwriters, musicians, and producers who innovated a variety of new musical genres, all of which fell under heading of rock and roll. Moreover, this period was one of tremendous political and social upheaval, and rock and roll not only mirrored the evolution of the socio-political environment but it also had a significant effect in shaping the popular culture of this turbulent and exciting time. From the emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-1950s, to the teen idols of the late 1950s, to the British invasion and soul music in the mid-1960s, to the progressive rock of the late 1960s, all of the important developments in popular music are thoroughly reviewed in the context of this golden era of rock and roll.