Course Information

History of Rock and Roll (HIS 336)

Term: 2020-2021 Fall Semester


The class examines the 20th century United States through the nation?s most
popular, most controversial, and, arguably, most influential art form: Rock & Roll
music. The course will trace the chronological progression of the genre, study the
most influential performers, songs, and seminal moments of American Rock, and use
rock as a vehicle for understanding the political, economic, social, racial and cultural
trends that have characterized the nation during the 20th century. Rather than just
presenting a traditional narrative of facts, dates, places, people, and events, this
course will demonstrate that popular culture is another forum for understanding the
interdependence and independence of black and white cultures in America, and how
music can help us understand our nation?s history in new and different ways.