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Professor/Teacher’s Corner

This section is for the College and High School professors and teachers that teach a rock history (or related) course. My goal here is not to tell anyone how to teach this material. There are many ways to approach structuring a rock history course or even how to integrate rock music history and its related subject matter into a broader curriculum. Rock History-The Musician’s Perspective contains brief references to many of the issues and societal norms that have “rubbed elbows” with rock history including; censorship, women’s rights, and various political and moral issues. These and other topics provide excellent teaching materials and serve as a meaningful conduit for student and teacher interaction.

Both teachers and students are encouraged to participate in the web site blog as rock music related topics will be introduced on a consistent time frame. My goal is to create an open forum that students can communicate and voice their opinion about rock artists/bands and the many genres and sub-genres of rock music. Teachers can assign their class to respond to a blog topic and anyone can weigh in on the various blog topics and other reader responses.

Rock History-The Musician’s Perspective can be utilized in a variety of ways. By starting with a quick glance at the content pages, the reader can become familiar with how each chapter presents a vast array of rock sub-genres. Chapter one presents a brief background of the source roots of rock music in order to understand its foundation. Each chapter traces the evolution of specific sub-genres and related issues. It is suggested to work through the book in sequential order to best understand the overall chronology of rock’s development.
Throughout the book, some of the most influential and groundbreaking albums in rock history are profiled. When reading the narrative for major artists or bands, these album profiles offer more insight into the music of individual artists. Some profiles are about selected individual musicians that changed the course of rock history. Other profiles address various topics and issues connected to rock music. Throughout the book, hundreds of quotes are utilized by many of rock’s most influential musicians. We thought it would be best to hear the direct words of many of rock’s all-time great musicians. This provides small glimpses into many aspects of rock music. Rock hard facts appear often and serve to provide small tidbits of rock trivia. For many artists and bands, individual songs were selected and briefly detailed. Wherever recordings were highlighted, we analyzed the original versions as the source material. The goal was not to do a theoretical breakdown of songs or albums. Rather, we sought to highlight some of the back-stories, lyrical meanings, recording processes, or other relevant and interesting musical issues found in the significant songs of important artists.
Discussion questions are presented at the midpoint (except chapter eighteen) and at end of each chapter. One approach is to read the discussion question first and keep it in mind while reading (or teaching) the chapter. Discussion questions are there to encourage the reader to think about the musical possibilities and key issues of rock music. They also provide for challenging and relevant writing assignments. When utilized as the textbook for a semester-long college course, the chapters of Rock History-The Musician’s Perspective can be taught in sequential order. In developing a curriculum, certain chapters (rock genres) can be omitted due to time restrictions. The book’s three overall parts flow in a general chronological order, although the parallel streams of each chapter follow their own chronology.
Pictures of musicians do not appear in this book. Within a few key strokes, you can access any photos on your phone or computer. Our rock history icon figure appears in illustrations and embodies the personality of the music of each chapter. However you choose to read this book, have fun with the material! View each part, each chapter, and each artist or band as the individual parts that fill in the enormous puzzle of rock music history.

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