The Music of the Rolling Stones, 1962-1974

This course will survey the music of the Rolling Stones, beginning with the roots and first formation of the band in the early 1960s, and following the group through the release of It's Only Rock 'n' Roll in late 1974.

About The Course

We will survey the music of the Rolling Stones, focusing on the stylistic development of the band over the 1962-74 period.  The Stones arose out of the London blues revival scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s.  Initially a cover band playing a mix of blues and r&b numbers, Jagger and Richards soon began writing their own music.  When the Beatles ignited a craze for British music in the US, the Stones came to be seen as the bad boys to the Beatles good-boy image.  As the 60s came to a close, the Stones' blend of blues and rock matured, and the band produced classic albums such as Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street.  This course will track the development of the band, focusing on the music but also taking into account the group's biography and the cultural context of the times.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

What resources will I need for this class?

For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, a willingness to seek out the music, and the time to view the lectures, listen to the music, and discuss the Rolling Stones in the online forum.

I have never studied music before.  Can I still take this course?

Yes, absolutely. While there will be musical details discussed, much of the information provided in this course is meant for the general student. Lack of musical training should not impact your ability to perform well on the quizzes.

Recommended Background

No previous training in music is required.  A background in the history of rock music during the 1955-75 period will be useful.