York Community High School

Evolution of Rock and Roll

Evolution of Rock and Roll

This course will cover the evolution of Rock n’ Roll music from its earliest ancestors and influences to the many genres of rock that exist today. The course will begin by examining Rock n’ Roll’s Blues and Country roots dating back to songwriters like Robert Johnson and Hank Williams. The students will learn how the early sounds and song structures of Blues and Country music directly influenced the emergence of Rock n’ Roll in America in the 1950’s. What emerged from Rock n’ Roll’s early beginnings were hugely successful bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. These artists demonstrated that Rock n’ Roll music was a form of artistic expression that had no limits in its power to influence not only the individual, but all of popular culture. The class will study the major musical influences of the decades that followed. This course will allow students to understand that all forms of rock n’ roll music that came afterwards are directly influenced and inspired by the early founders of rock from the 1950’s and 1960’s.