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Rock Music and Culture
Course: MHL153

First Term: 2014 Spring
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: History of Rock music and how cultural, social, political, and economic conditions have shaped its evolution.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe African and European musical characteristics found in rock music and the various styles of American music that developed from the slavery period through the 1950s. (I)
2. Compare and contrast the style traits of the various blues styles from its roots through the 1950s and list at least one significant artist from each variation. (II)
3. Describe the basic 12-bar blues form and its significance to early R&B and Rock & Roll. (II)
4. Describe the importance of radio and independent record labels on the rising popularity of R&B and Rock & Roll. (III)
5. Be able to identify and describe the early styles of rock and roll: R&B Crossover, Rockabilly and Doo Wop. Identify the characteristics, roots and significant practitioners of these styles as well as the cultural and racial implications of each. (IV)
6. Describe how Rock & Roll was influenced by and adapted to the Tin Pan Alley-style songwriting factories of the 1950s and early 1960s. (V)
7. Describe the musical and cultural influence of the Beach Boys. (VI)
8. Describe the political/social nature of folk music on young Americans in the 1950s and `60s. (VII)
9. Describe the influence that Bob Dylan had on songwriting, folk and rock in the 1960s. (VII)
10. Describe the impact that Motown, Stax and Atlantic Records had on popular music and African-American culture in the 1960s and beyond. (VIII)
11. Describe the varying styles of popular music in Britain in the 1960s and how they became a dominant force in American popular music. (IX)
12. Describe the evolution of musical and recording style of the Beatles in the 1960s using singles, albums and films as examples. (IX)
13. Describe the "Counter Culture" of the 1960s and how it influenced and was influenced by the major rock musicians of the day. (X)
14. Compare and contrast the divergent musical styles of the 1970s and the connections they had to a culturally diverse population. (XI)
15. Identify the roots of heavy metal and identify several early examples of proto-metal in Britain and America. (XII)
16. Compare the cultural differences that gave rise to American and British punk and list several influential bands from both regions. (XIII)
17. Describe the musical and cultural events that aided in the development of both Hip Hop and Grunge/Alternative rock. (XIV)
18. Discuss the changes in recording mediums and the effect each has had on rock and popular music. (XV)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Roots of Rock
   A. Minstrelsy
   B. Afro-American spirituals
   C. Work songs, ring shouts, field hollers
   D. Cakewalks, ragtime
   E. Blues, jazz, rhythm & blues
   F. Country music
II. Blues
   A. Country/Rural/Delta blues
      1. Traits
      2. Musicians
   B. City/Classic blues
      1. Traits
      2. Musicians
   C. Chicago blues
      1. Traits
      2. Musicians
   D. 12-bar blues form
III. Early Influential Radio Stations and Independent Record Labels
   A. WJW in Cleveland, WLAC in Nashville, WHBQ in Memphis, etc.
   B. Sun Records in Memphis, Chess Records in Chicago, etc.
   C. Origins and original meaning of the words "rock & roll" and its use by DJ`s in the early 1950s
IV. Early Styles of Rock and Roll
   A. R&B crossover: African-American musicians on popular radio
      1. Traits
      2. Musicians
      3. Racial and cultural significance
   B. Rockabilly: Country and R&B
      1. Traits
      2. Musicians
      3. Racial and cultural significance
   C. Doo Wop: Vocal group R&B
      1. Traits
      2. Musicians
      3. Racial and cultural significance
V. Brill Building pop
   A. The adaptation of rock and roll into the Tin Pan Alley style songwriting factories
   B. Pioneering producers and their revolutionary techniques and the adaptation of rock and roll into the Tin Pan Alley style songwriting factories
   C. Teen idols
   D. Girl groups
VI. The Beach Boys
   A. Influences
   B. Important recordings
   C. Cultural significance
VII. Folk Music and Folk Rock
   A. The significance of folk music and its political/social nature
   B. Bob Dylan
      1. Music
      2. Poetry/Lyrics
      3. Folk rock
      4. Influence
VIII. Soul/R&B in the 1960s
   A. The roots of Soul
   B. Motown
   C. Stax/Atlantic
   D. The development of Funk and its influences on Hip Hop/Rap
IX. The British Invasion
   A. Definition
   B. Mersey Beat
      1. The Beatles
         a. Early
         b. Late
         c. Post-Beatles
      2. Others
   C. British Blues
      1. The Rolling Stones
   D. The Who
X. The Late 1960s, Rock and Roll becomes "Rock"
   A. The Counter Culture
   B. Race
   C. Drug culture
   D. Major music festivals
      1. Monterey Pop
      2. Woodstock
      3. Altamont
XI. 1970s Fracturing of rock/pop music into many sub-genres
   A. Hard rock
   B. Metal
   C. Glam
   D. Punk
   E. Singer-songwriters
   F. R&B
   G. Funk
   H. Disco
   I. Soft rock
   J. Progressive rock
XII. Heavy Metal
   A. The roots of metal
      1. Blues
      2. Hard rock
      3. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath
      4. The role of religion in heavy metal, i.e., Christianity and Satanism and their impact on the imagery, theatrics and attitudes in heavy metal
XIII. Punk Rock
   A. Early influential performers
   B. Significant American bands
   C. Significant British bands
XIV. 1980s
   A. Rise of MTV
   B. The development of commercial digital recordings
   C. Hip Hop enters mainstream culture
   D. Underground alternative punk rock and metal
XV. 1990s and beyond
   A. Alternative becomes mainstream with "grunge"
   B. Implications of the Internet and the .mp3 for rock and popular music throughout the `90s and into the next millennium
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: May 21, 2013

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