The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll

The History of Rock 'n' Roll

This class will contain mature themes and is better for students 13+. Each of the 12 sections is its own class. You can take all 12 classes as a full History of Rock’n’Roll unit, OR only the class you want. Each class will have its own Spotify playlist, supplemental reading materials and suggested viewing lists.

What you’ll learn…

  • The land of the free, but what if you’re not born free?
  • The significance of Congo Square
  • Creoles + Civil War instruments
  • Buddy Bolden, the first “rock star”
  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band records “Livery Stable Blues” for Victor Records in 1917 
  • The Blues and the Legend of Robert Johnson.
  • The Carter Family: How Scotch-Irish Death Ballads Lead to the invention of a modern guitar style.
  • Elvis and his AM radio origins.
  • Doo Wop and the emergence of the corner balladeer.
  • The Blues go north and electric. The Teenagers get their voice. CHESS Blues in Chicago and the genius of Motown in Detroit.
  • The British Invasion: Beatles, Stones, The Who and The Kinks
  • The singer songwriter and American Folk goes Country
  • Electric Blues births Heavy Metal / Don’t Forget The Reggae!
  • Your FM Dial: How The Disintegration of the US’ basic GDP birthed Bruce Springsteen and a generation of his fans
  • Punk Rock – “I’m so Bored With the USA”
  • Hip Hop + Rap – “The Art of Turntablism” and the perfect Beat.


Jessamin Swearingen

  • Great for Beginners

    No prior knowledge required.

  • Research Topic

    Super-helpful for people looking for research paper ideas.

  • Blast from the Past

    A fantastic way to re-examine American history

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