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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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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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Introducing Hard Rock

In what ways did Jimi Hendrix help create a new "Hard Rock" sound while retaining a connection to the Blues and R&B of his past?

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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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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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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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Chuck Berry

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

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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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Protest as Event

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

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Dylan as Poet

How did Bob Dylan merge poetry with popular music?

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Beatlemania

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