Overview

The path begins in the early 1900s, with lessons on the rapid development of technology, and the Great Migration. It then moves into the development of Rock and Roll in the 1950s, taking as a focus the birth of the “teenager,” post-war immigration, McCarthyism, segregation and “white flight” into the suburbs. Lessons based in the 1960s discuss music’s relationship to a variety of social movements: Civil Rights, feminism, and anti-war counterculture. Such issues continue to be explored in the two lessons on the 1970s, which examine female singer-songwriters, and the rise of the black pride movement. The final three lessons take as a focus America in the 1980s and early 1990s, looking at the phenomenon of the inner city as it relates to Hip Hop, censorship, and gender fluidity in Glam Rock and Heavy Metal.