Music | History of Rock and Roll: Roots of Rock to the British Invasion
Z201 | 19662 | Gass


A history and appreciation of the musical melting pot that shaped rock
& roll. The course begins with an overview of ancestors and influences
(blues, boogie-woogie, jazz, swing, country & western, gospel and
popular music) and the crossover success of rhythm & blues acts that
marked the true birth of rock & roll. The focus then shifts to the
cataclysmic arrival of Elvis Presley and the careers and musical
styles of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, the
Everly Brothers and other Founding Fathers, and continues through the
early sixties pop landscape of Phil Spector, the Brill Building
writers, the Twist and "American Bandstand."