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Dan Penn

How did black artists and white songwriters and musicians interact in the Soul era, and what contributed to that interaction?

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The Blues: The Sound of Rural Poverty

How do the Country Blues reflect the challenges of sharecropping, racial injustice, and rural poverty in early 20th-century African-American life?

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Punk as Reaction

How was Punk Rock a reaction both to the commercialization of Rock and Roll and to the social climate in late 1970s Britain?

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The Blues and the Great Migration

How did the Great Migration spread Southern culture, helping to give the Blues a central place in American popular music?

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World War II and the Shrinking of the Ensemble

How did wartime restrictions and other factors cause popular music ensembles to shrink in size during the 1940s, helping to set the stage for the small “combos” of Rock and Roll?

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Thematic Lesson: Love Songs

Why is the Pop song such a common medium for expressing feelings about love, and how do individual songs relate to their historical moments?

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From the Stage to the Studio

What caused The Beatles to cease touring in 1966 and how did the innovative music they then created during their subsequent immersion in the recording studio both reflect and influence the world at that time?

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Introducing Glam Rock

How was Glam Rock a reaction to the "seriousness" of popular music at the time?

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Introducing New Wave

What did Punk Rock provide that opened the door for New Wave acts? And what are some among the defining attributes of New Wave?

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Dylan as Poet

How did Bob Dylan merge poetry with popular music?

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Protest as Event

Since the 1960s, how have artists used musical events to promote change?

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Beatlemania

What were the factors that contributed to the rise of Beatlemania?

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Dion and the Teen Idols

What role did the so-called "teen idols" of the late 1950s play in bringing Rock and Roll into mainstream American culture?

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The Rise of Disco

How did Disco relate to the sentiments and social movements of the 1970s?

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The Roots of Progressive Rock

How did Progressive Rock’s incorporation of classical traditions and countercultural values help to forge a unique Rock genre in the late 1960s?

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Chuck Berry

Why is Chuck Berry often considered the most important of the early Rock and Rollers?

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Art Lesson: Designing a Band Logo

What is a logo, what are the elements of effective logo design, and how have musicians and bands used logos to brand themselves?

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Interdisciplinary Lesson: “Chain of Fools”

Essential Question: How did Aretha Franklin’s foundation in Gospel music influence her recording of “Chain of Fools,” helping to establish a Soul sound and bringing black culture into mainstream America?

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Interdisciplinary Lesson: “Twist and Shout”

What role did cover songs like “Twist and Shout” play early in the Beatles's career, and how did their experiences growing up in post-WWII Liverpool and performing in Hamburg nightclubs help them to develop as a professional musical ensemble?

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