Music’s Big Bang: The Genesis of Rock ‘n’ Roll


Explores the factors — musical and cultural — that led to the birth of American rock ‘n’ roll music in the early 1950s. Covers in detail the genres, styles and people that converged to create this new music.

What you will learn

Four basic themes of our course

Some basic tenets of rock ‘n’ roll

In the beginning: American popular music

There were many, many genres, styles and sub styles of American pop

The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 1

The Mississippi Delta, an area surrounding the Mississippi River, becomes the cradle of the blues

The blues: Mississippi Ghosts 2

The legend of Robert Johnson and his visit to “the crossroads”

What’s included