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[Past Event] History of Rock and Roll - 1950s

Course Description:

In the early 1950s, a new form of music exploded onto the scene. The term “rock and roll” came to be used to describe this new music, steeped in rhythm and blues, country and gospel. Dr. Alan Haffa will share his knowledge of the genre, which tells a history of both American music and America itself. He will examine the topic in a pair of standalone yet complementary lectures.

Learn about how rock and roll emerged from rhythm and blues in the 1950s and how it was changed by, and helped to change, race relations in America. Artists covered will include Wynonie Harris, The Dominoes, Bill Haley & His Comets, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, and Elvis Presley.


Tuition: $0.00

Additional Fees: $0.00


Wednesday, Nov. 7 *1:30 – 2:30pm* (1 session*)


Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum 103


Alan Haffa, PhD received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and directs the Gentrain Program at MPC where he teaches literature.