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Elvis Presley may have been the King of Rock and Roll, but five significant artists were seminal in making the music more mainstream for radio and younger audiences in the late 1950s. Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Buddy Holly forged the road to assuring the world that "rock and roll is here to stay." Visiting Instructor Robert Joyce provides an opportunity to learn about these five pioneers, their musical contribution to Rock and Roll, and their legacy and inspiration left for generations of musicians to follow.
Guest lecturer Robert Joyce has been the Executive Director for the Rapid City Arts Council and the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society, for which he served for the latter for over twenty years. He helped establish the Sioux Falls JazzFest into one of the largest festivals in the United States, featuring Jazz, Blues, and Rock artists with attendance numbers over 100,000 people.
Rob is a popular lecturer for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and provides online Jazz, Blues, and Rock and Roll courses for OLLI members throughout the United States. He has over thirty years of teaching experience in higher education at the University of South Dakota and Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is currently the Executive Director for the nonprofit South Dakota News Watch.
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