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FILM 3002 Major Film Movements: Rock and Roll Film

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Come on down all you hepcats and dungaree dolls, let’s rock!  We’ll take a look at the personalities and culture of early Rock and Roll through film. This class will focus on the beginnings of Rock through to about 1959 with a few excursions pre-50’s and post 50’s. This is a time of enormous change in music and films. The youth audience was discovered and a new market was exploited. During these times films preceded the culture as did the music whereas today the opposite happens. Discover the excitement of the birth of Rock via film with the perspective of how that looks 60 years later.  We’ll explore down home blues, urban blues, country, gospel, Doo-Wop, Folk and surf music including iconic artists such as little Richard, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Buddy Holly. We’ll do this through feature films, full-length documentaries and a large assortment of clips from all the above as well as musical performances. No other prerequisites required.

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