Berklee's Rock History LogoBerkleemusic.com, the online arm of the Berklee School of Music, has announced the launch of Rock History, taught by rock critic and writer Steve Morse. According to Berklee, the course is the most comprehensive of its kind, featuring never-before-seen interviews with artists, executives, and others who shaped rock history.

The online course, which launches this coming April 2, chronicles the evolution of rock music over the past sixty years, covering “the key heroes and villains, the movers and shakers from the studio and the concert stage,” as well as the cultural trends that shaped it.

Exclusive Berkleemusic video interviews include: 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 session drummer Dave Mattacks. Berkleemusic has also partnered with Wolfgang’s Vault to provide audio, video, and other forms of historical rock media presented in an educational context.

Berkleemusic will host a free, live conversation between Rock History’s Morse, and Boston DJ John Laurenti in Berkleemusic’s studio Thursday, March 8th at 4:00PM EST. John is a DJ at Boston classic rock station WZLX is the music director at University of Massachusetts’ radio station WUMB, and has hosted a number of historical music documentaries shown on WGBH in Boston. To register, sign up here.

To learn more about the Rock History online course, visit: www.berkleemusic.com/rockhistory