History 1170 Rock and Roll From Presley to Punk: Historical Themes (Winter 2018)

This course explores the social, cultural, and political contexts for the evolution of rock and roll music during the post-Second World War era when a new musical form was grafted onto the popular music industry. Beginning with the roots of rock and roll music in African American communities, the course follows the progress of rock and roll music from the early 1950s to the Punk era of the late 1970s, focusing on the symbiotic relationship between iconic performers and their times.

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List of Reserve Material: 

9 January   Michael Allen, "'Just a Half a Mile from the Mississippi Bridge': The Mississippi River Valley Origins of Rock and Roll," Southern Quarterly, 52, no. 3 (Spring 2015): 99-120.

16 January   Chris Lezotte, "Born to Take the Highway: Women, the Automobile, and Rock 'n' Roll," Journal of American Culture, 36, no. 3 (September 2013): 161-176.

23 January   Gillian A.M. Mitchell, “Reassessing ‘the Generation Gap’: Bill Haley’s 1957 Tour of Britain, Inter-Generational Relations and Attitudes to Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Late 1950s,” Twentieth Century British History, Volume 24, Issue 4, 1 December 2013, Pages 573–605

30 January   Laura E. Cooper and B. Lee Cooper, "The Pendulum of Cultural Imperialism: Popular Music Interchanges Between the United States and Britain, 1943-1967," The Journal of Popular Culture, 27, no.3. 

6 February    Ian Inglis, "The Ed Sullivan Show and the (Censored) Sounds of the Sixties," Journal of Popular Culture, 39, no. 4 (August 2006): 558-575.

27 February  Kenneth J. Bindas and Craig Houston, "'Takin' Care of Business': Rock Music, Vietnam and the Protest Myth," Historian, 52, no. 1  (November 1989): 1-23.

6 March         Ryan Edwardson, "'Of War Machines and Ghetto Scenes': English-Speaking Canadian Nationalism and The Guess Who's 'American Woman'" American Review of Canadian Studies, 33, no. 3 (Autumn 2003): 339.

13 March       Greg Marquis, "Uptight Little Island: The Junction '71 Affair," The Island Magazine, no. 52 (Fall/Winter 2002): 10-14.

15 March       Robert L. Gross, “Heavy Metal Music: A New Subculture in American Society,” Journal of Popular Culture, 24, no. 1 (Summer 1990): 119-130.

20 March      "Is That Me, Baby?' Image, Authenticity, and the Career of Bruce Springsteen," American Studies, 35, no. 2 (Summer 1994): 39-57.

27 March      Kenneth J. Bindas, "The Future Is Unwritten: The Clash, Punk, and America," American Studies, 34, no. 1(Spring 1993):69-89.