History of Rock and Roll

In this course, students will survey the social and cultural fabric of the post-World War II United States through the prism of rock ’n’ roll music. This course will proceed chronologically, beginning with African American roots music and culminating with the technological and business aspects of music. The general purpose of this course will be to examine the place that rock ’n’ roll music has occupied in American culture. The central question is why a musical and cultural art form once dismissed as a “passing fad” has been a very visible and audible part of our culture for more than 50 years, despite considerable resistance.

Required Texts

  • “History of Rock and Roll” by Thomas Larson.
  • The primary and secondary texts utilized in this course will be provided to students.

Required Supplies

  • Notebook
  • Writing implement
  • Loose-leaf paper

Course Format and Procedures

This course meets daily for 42 minutes, and students are expected to make full use of the time. There are periods of lecture, along with time spent reading, writing and collectively working with others on a variety of activities and assignments. Students must pass Global History and Geography I and II, as well as U.S. History and Government, in order to take the course.

Grading Procedures

Student and Parent Resources

  • Student Resources: After-school help is available every day (excluding days when the teacher has a meeting and/or prior engagement). Students also can receive help during the teacher’s planning period and from the course website at http://mrmucilliunitedstateshistory.weebly.com
  • Parent Resources: The most efficient means of contact is via email, to which the teacher will respond within 24 hours. Moreover, there are a myriad websites devoted to the history of rock ’n’ roll that are beneficial to student learning. Students will be provided with those websites throughout the school year.

Course Outline (Tentative)

Unit 1: The Roots Of Rock ’N’ Roll

Unit 2: The Rock ’N’ Roll Explosion

Unit 3: The Transition To Mainstream Pop

Unit 4: The Folk Influence

Unit 5: The British Invasion

Unit 6: The 1960s Blues And Psychedelia

Unit 7: The Harder Edge Of Rock In The 1970s

Unit 8: The Aftermath Of Punk

Unit 9: The 1980s, 1990s And Today

Note: The content of this syllabus is subject to change in accordance with the needs of the class and/or instructor.