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Where were you the 'day the music died'?

An exciting new continuing education course at Camosun College this February offers an interactive experience about the emergence of rock and roll music in the second half of the twentieth century.

A History of Rock and Roll: The Early Years 1950 – 1967 is taught by Jim Martens, PhD, who has taught and published extensively in the areas of rock and roll history.

Martens believes that an understanding of history is created through the exchange of ideas.“Burton Cummings is credited with saying that laying under the covers alone at night listening to a transistor radio was a wonderful ‘group experience’,” says Martens.“I like the idea that something we do alone can also be a group experience. I think this is what rock and roll was all about. I’m looking forward to meeting people in this class and sharing our experiences, thoughts and ideas to create a history of rock and roll that is unique in its way.”

Information on this, and other Continuing Education classes...

Course Details

A History of Rock and Roll: The Early Years 1950 – 1967 is offered over 6 Tuesday evenings from February 9-March 23. 6:30-9pm. Cost $131.25
To register, call 250-370-3550 and quote course code 2010W LFST 411G 001, or online.

James W. Martens, Ph.D.

Martens taught history at Red Deer College for over twenty years and has published in the areas of British sport history, and rock and roll. He moved to Victoria at the beginning of 2010, and is currently studying the socio-cultural importance of "momentary communities" in history. Martens believes that examining non-traditional areas of history reveals a great deal about the societies in which they function. He also believes that history should be based on an exchange of ideas.


Jim Martens: 778-430-1505,
Toni Burton, Program Coordinator: 250-370-4779

Last updated: January 19, 2010 8:29 am

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