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Music's Big Bang: The Genesis of Rock 'n' Roll (Coursera)

Explores the factors — musical and cultural — that led to the birth of American rock ‘n’ roll music in the early 1950s. Covers in detail the genres, styles and people that converged to create this new music.

Syllabus:

Week 1:Four basic themes of our course

Week 2: In the beginning: American popular music

Week 3: The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 1

Week 4: The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 2

Week 5: A tale of three cities: New Orleans

Week 6: A tale of three cities: Chicago

Week 7: A tale of three cities: Memphis

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