The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963 by Ed WardEd Ward covers the first half of the social history of rock & roll in this definitive book. Beginning in the 1920s when blues, country, and black popular music played over the air waves and the first independent record labels were born, this first volume of a two-part series finishes in December 1963, just as an immense sea-change begins to take hold and the Beatles prepare for their first American tour. Ward introduces you to the musicians, DJs, record executives, and producers who were at the forefront of the genre. Sharing story after story of some of the most unforgettable and groundbreaking moments in rock history, Ward reveals how different sounds, harmonies, and trends came together to create the music we all know and love today.
Ed Ward has been NPR’s Fresh Air rock & roll historian for the last thirty-five years reaching 14 million listeners. In these pages he shares his endless depth of knowledge and through engrossing storytelling hops seamlessly from Memphis to Chicago, Detroit, England, New York, and everywhere in between covering all the big-name acts everyone is already familiar with, from Elvis and Buddy Holly to Chuck Berry, while filling in gaps of knowledge with the more obscure and forgotten names of music’s past like T-Bone Walker and The Ventures.
For all music lovers and rock & roll fans, this sweeping history will shine a light on the corners of the genre to reveal some of the less well-known yet hugely influential artists who changed the musical landscape forever.
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From July 10 to 22, a cacophony of sounds emanated down the second-floor hallway of the history department at Lake Forest Academy. Instead of instructors talking about the American Revolution or Herodotus, the five classrooms were filled with teens practicing rock songs as they prepared for a concert with their newly formed bands.
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The course focuses on the essential chronological relationship and follows the interesting historical threads outlined throughout the history of rock. Through a wide range of reading and listening assignments, this online course provides tools for intelligent listening, and encourages the development of a greater understanding of musical structures and forms. Students navigate the course using a printed guide that serves as a textbook and workbook. Included with the guide are three music CDs compiled and produced by Sony Music. These contain a rich selection of excerpts and pieces that are referenced in the lectures, reading assignments, and quizzes. Timed listening notes guide students in the art of listening and can be accessed online, where they interact with the CD and follow the progress of the piece, even showing some of the musical themes as they occur.
I am not the kind of person who is ever going to write an album or play in a band — I haven't even picked up an instrument since elementary school. I blanch at the sight of sheet music, and it would take a lot of coercing just to convince me to sing at karaoke. But still, there is little doubt in my mind that the most important class I ever took in my 12 years of grade school and four years of college was a semester on the history of rock and roll in eighth grade. This isn't a dig at calculus that comes later or a swipe at my major, English. Rather, I would argue that learning about rock and roll is as important as learning about history, or creative writing, or critical thinking and analysis — because they are one and the same. I happened to spend seventh through ninth grade at Northstar Middle School , what my school district deemed a "choice school" — basically, a public junior high that doesn't give grades and is presented to students as an alternative option.