The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963 by Ed WardEd Ward covers the first half of the social history of rock & roll in this definitive book. Beginning in the 1920s when blues, country, and black popular music played over the air waves and the first independent record labels were born, this first volume of a two-part series finishes in December 1963, just as an immense sea-change begins to take hold and the Beatles prepare for their first American tour. Ward introduces you to the musicians, DJs, record executives, and producers who were at the forefront of the genre. Sharing story after story of some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking moments in rock history, Ward reveals how different sounds, harmonies, and trends came together to create the music we all know and love today.
Ed Ward has been NPR’s Fresh Air rock & roll historian for the last thirty-five years reaching 14 million listeners. In these pages he shares his endless depth of knowledge and through engrossing storytelling hops seamlessly from Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, England, New York, and everywhere in between covering all the big-name acts everyone is already familiar with, from Elvis and Buddy Holly to Chuck Berry, while filling in gaps of knowledge with the more obscure and forgotten names of music’s past like T-Bone Walker and The Ventures.
For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, this sweeping history will shine a light on the corners of the genre to reveal some of the less well-known yet hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever.
History of Rock & Roll 60s - The 1960s (Pt. 2)
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The course focuses on the essential chronological relationship and follows the interesting historical threads outlined throughout the history of rock. Through a wide range of reading and listening assignments, this online course provides tools for intelligent listening, and encourages the development of a greater understanding of musical structures and forms. Students navigate the course using a printed guide that serves as a textbook and workbook. Included with the guide are three music CDs compiled and produced by Sony Music. These contain a rich selection of excerpts and pieces that are referenced in the lectures, reading assignments, and quizzes. Timed listening notes guide students in the art of listening and can be accessed online, where they interact with the CD and follow the progress of the piece, even showing some of the musical themes as they occur. The listening notes are also offered in the guide in the same order as they appear on the CD, making the course a continuing source of enrichment for years to come.
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This course, part 1 of a 2-course sequence, examines the history of rock, primarily as it unfolded in the United States, from the days before rock pre to the end of the s. We will also explore how developments in the music business and in technology helped shape the ways in which styles developed. Rock emerged in the mid s as a blending of mainstream pop, rhythm and blues, and country and western--styles that previously had remained relatively separate. This new style became the music of the emerging youth culture and was often associated with teen rebellion. We will follow the story of how this rowdy first wave of rock and roll was tamed in the early 60s but came roaring back with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and then went psychedelic by the end of the decade.