The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll: The '50s

GENINT 731.307

Osher (50+). This course looks at the pioneers, the innovators, and the roots of rock 'n' roll.

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From the American Songbook to American Bandstand, few could predict the revolution that was to explode in popular music during the decade of the '50s. Teenagers were coming of age with rebellious new attitudes, seeking their own music that was different from their parents. Late night radio stations were starting to play adventurous new records by African American artists that would break through social and racial barriers. From Fats Domino to Elvis, rhythm and blues and country to rockabilly and doo-wop, and from The Platters to The Everly Brothers, this course looks at the pioneers and roots of rock 'n' roll, as well as innovators like The Weavers, Mitch Miller, Les Paul, and Johnny Ray who prepared us for that day in 1955 when "Rock Around The Clock" became the number one record in the world and music changed forever.

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