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Berklee Rock History, the online school of Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, is launching Rock History, an online course that chronicles the evolution of one of the greatest periods of music. Rock History takes an in-depth look at the highs and lows of rock over the past 60 years; the key heroes and villains, the movers and shakers from the studio and the concert stage, and a behind-the-scenes look at the managers, industry executives, promoters, and cultural trends that shaped it. The course launches tomorrow, April 2nd, 2012.

Berkleemusic has tapped Steve Morse to author and teach Rock History. Morse brings a lifetime of real-world experience to the material. Steve was the senior rock writer at the Boston Globe for over three decades, and has contributed to other top-tier press outlets such as Billboard and Rolling Stone. He has also served on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steve has a rich background in Rock History, having interviewed and developed strong, decades-long ties with dozens of the most important artists and bands in rock, including the Rolling Stones (first seeing them in 1966), U2, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Metallica, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Tom Petty, and many more.

CEO of, Dave Kusek says,

“The new Rock History online course from Berklee is a comprehensive, interactive, and immersive way to experience the most important and interesting time ever in the music industry. Steve Morse has such a wealth of knowledge and insight into what actually happened behind the scenes and the way the course is crafted, it is simply the most unique and exciting way to learn about this incredible time in the history of music. You will not find a better way to learn about and appreciate the classic albums and live shows that were created by the true legends of rock and roll, as the music industry ignited.”

Throughout the course, students will view exclusive, never before seen Berkleemusic video interviews with rock luminaries including: Joe Perry of Aerosmith; Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead; Mike Mills of R.E.M.; Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers; George Clinton of P-Funk; producer Jack Douglas (who has worked with Aerosmith, Patti Smith, and John Lennon); promoter Don Law; Amanda Palmer; Hugo Burnham of Gang of Four; Duke Levine (who has played with the J. Geils Band and Aimee Mann); and English super-session drummer Dave Mattacks. Berkleemusic has also partnered with Wolfgang’s Vault to provide additional rare audio, video, and other forms of historical rock media presented in an educational context for the very first time.

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry concludes,

“I have known Steve Morse for over twenty years. Steve is a musicologist and his love of music makes him a very enthusiastic teacher. Steve has an undying love of music and a proven ability to be one of music’s finest critics and writers.”

Berkleemusic hosted a free live Rock History event in Berkleemusic’s studio Thursday, March 8th: an exclusive conversation between Rock History’s Morse, and Boston DJ, John Laurenti. Laurenti joins Morse in the Pantheon of the Boston music scene. John is a DJ at Boston’s #1 classic rock station in Boston, WZLX is the music director at University of Massachusetts’ radio station, WUMB. Laurenti has also hosted a number of historical music documentaries shown on WGBH in Boston. You can see that converstation, here:

To learn more about the Rock History online course, visit:

Spring Term begins tomorrow, April 2nd, 2012.

Now, I must admit that when the new Lady GaGa album came out recently I listened to it pretty constantly. It wasn’t totally based on choice though. It seemed like wherever I went I heard it. My girlfriend played it constantly, it was on the radio, it was on web radio, people listened to it at work, etc. Then, about six weeks ago I came across this article on Showbiz411 that stated that GaGa’s sales were already dropping by 85%. About 10 days later, they came out with this article, which stated that sales had dropped even more!

This is not to say that Lady GaGa was/is gone or not prevalent anymore, but this info does bring up some questions about her rapid downfall on the charts. Looking at the Billboard charts today, GaGa is down to #12 while Adele has continued to move up the charts – all the way to #1. My thoughts about this decline of GaGa is that it might be from her constant releasing of new material off the album throughout the past year. Many, many people had already heard quite a few of the songs off the new album before it even came out. Sure, I enjoyed the whole album for a bit when it first came out, but after a quick fix I had had enough since I had already heard many of the singles so many times already. Another good reason for the sales decline could be the flash that it made when the album first came out. It sold like mad when it first came out – shooting GaGa to #1 on all iTunes sales charts. It just might be that almost everyone of her major fans bought the album within the first week of sales too.

What are your thoughts on this decline in sales? How are you liking the album?