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The Music of the Rolling Stones, 1962-1974

University of Rochester via Coursera


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.


  • Introduction and Students of the Blues
    • Beginnings through the release of the early singles, and album, 1962-64.
  • The Year of Satisfaction
    • 1965, the big breakthrough in the US, singles and albums through December 1965.
  • The Music Matures
    • 1966, singles, compilations, and the live experience.
  • Psychedelia and Beyond
    • 1967 and the rise of psychedelia, in the shadow of the Beatles?
  • Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers
    • The Stones leave peace and love behind, jumping and fighting with some sympathy for the Devil, 1968-69.
  • Exile on Main Street
    • The band defines 70s rock with two classic albums, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, 1970-72.
  • The End of an Era
    • Continuing at the height of their musical powers, the group releases Goat's Head Soup and It's Only Rock 'n' Roll, 1973-74.

Taught by

John Covach


5.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 164 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I found the course really interesting. I've been a Stones fan since I was 12 (1989) when my dad took me to a show on the Steel Wheels tour in D.C. I've watched every documentary I've come across, including ones from the VHS days that have never made it to DVD, like 25x5. I still learned a lot from this course. The instructor gets deeper into the meaning and stories behind songs, album titles and artwork than anything I've seen before. If there was one thing I'd change, I'd like to see the course cover to the end of the 70s, it ends about 1975. The same instructor also has a class on The Beatles and a two-part History of Rock Music course, which I've also taken.
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