There’s no better means to learn about the history of rock ‘n’ roll than from the artists who are a part of it. “The Real History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” a class for College of Arts & Media/College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students, is taught by some of the people who made rock history or who wrote about it first-hand. The course is still accepting students.
College of Arts & Media Assistant Professor Chris Daniels, at right, leads the course, which covers rock ‘n’ roll history from pre-1950s to the present and the historical and social framework of rock music from its roots in country, jazz and blues to the current trends.
Guest lecturers include:
- Tim Irvin, lead singer for Flash Cadillac on 50s Do-Wop, Chuck Berry, Alan Freed and early Rock
- Jock Bartley, lead singer from Firefall and contributor to the Beatles in Art book to do two sessions:
- The Beatles a song writing revolution
- Country Rock - The Burrito Brothers to the Eagles
- Jim Ratts, writer, musician and studio engineer to do two sessions on Buddy Holly and on Woodstock
- Kevin Fitzgerald, comedian, vet, and former head of security for the Rolling Stones to do a lecture on touring with the Stones
- G Brown to cover the changes in music he wrote about for The Denver Post between 1980 and 1995
- Steve Knopper, business editor for Rolling Stone to cover the changes from 1995 to 2005
And that’s just a start. More rockers and rock experts are expected to be added to the schedule.
This course gives students an inside look at the history and radical changes brought about by the musicians, technology and the social interplay between history and music. Special emphasis will be given to the expertise of the guest lecturing professors and their first-hand experiences. Find out more about The Real History of Rock ‘n’ Roll.