History of Rock Music

Eagle Vision Classic Album DVD Series – Available to purchase through Amazon or view
on YouTube and view/rent on Amazon Prime
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes
The Doors: The Doors
Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley
Rush: 2112 & Moving Pictures (discuss both albums)
Pink Floyd : The Dark Side of The Moon
Cream: Disraeli Gears
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Queen: A Night at the Opera
Bob Marley and the Wailers: Catch a Fire
U2: The Joshua Tree
The Who: Who’s Next
Duran Duran: Rio
Black Sabbath: Paranoid
Steely Dan: Aja
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Paul Simon: Graceland
Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest: British Steel
Metallica: Metallica
Def Leppard: Hysteria
Phil Collins: Face Value Look for this logo on DVD
Peter Gabriel: So
Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell
The Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty (2 albums)
Lou Reed: Transformer
The Band: The Band
Motorhead: Ace of Spades
Simply Red: Stars
*DVDs are available to purchase through Amazon.com – Eagle Vision Classic Album series.
Make sure you purchase/rent/view the correct documentary DVD.
Choose one of the listed Classic Album DVD Documentaries.
Watch the Entire Video (you can certainly view the extras, if accessible, but they are not
required to complete this paper assignment.)
Keep your entire paper in essay/paragraph form – NO LISTS
Also Do Not restate questions in paper followed by answer.
PAGE 1 – Title page with the full title of the documentary, your name, course info  and Date (this page does not count towards your 4 pages) – see sample paper
Discuss the following:
Items to discuss in your paper:
• Name of the classic album – artist and album title
• Year of album’s release (not DVD’s release)
• State/Give all the tracks from this album as they are presented on the DVD
documentary*. (Do not include the bonus material section.) *Be aware that these DVD
documentaries often present music in a different order than found on their related
• Name band members and their respective instruments (or discuss important
performers if album is a solo artist)
• Where does this album appear in artist’s discography? Include all albums that
precede (come before, if any) this album and the one that immediately follows (if
• Discuss the evolution of the artist/band and how they developed. Discuss historical
info about band/artist from documentary. However, DO NOT make this the focus of
your paper.
• Pick five musical selections discussed in documentary (state the song titles). For
each selection state a minimum of three important in-depth, detailed and distinct
facts, given in DVD documentary. These must be three dissimilar facts. State facts
given only and not personal opinions. Each song discussion must be its own paragraph.
• Discuss any special recording techniques utilized discussed in documentary.
• Discuss the critical and commercial impact of the album itself. (use and cite
additional research sources)
• Mention important information given in documentary on album’s production, concept,
title, instruments, etc….
• Why the album is considered important enough to be a “classic album” worthy of a
documentary? (cite additional research sources)
Final Page – Works Cited – THIS IS A MUST for an academic paper!
Use Easybib.com or comparable web site to generate a proper bibliography citing for the
documentary that is the subject of your paper. Films citations need to include the
director’s name and publishing or production company along with year it was produced.
See sample at end of instructions
IMPORTANT – Keep the paper’s focus on the album and the info given in documentary – not
on the overall history of the artist/band.
more then 10% Turnitin rating may be subject to Plagiarism penalties (zero grade and academic
dishonesty report filed with Student Affairs). You MUST ALWAYS CITE YOUR SOURCES.
This includes citing the Classic Album Documentary. Use easybib.com
• Chicago style (preferred) or MLA writing format – or hybrid of both.
• 4 pages (5 maximum) in the paper’s body along with a cover page and bibliography
• Include a separate WORK(S) CITED or BIBLIOGRAPHY page Use easybib.com to
generate legitimate bibliographic entries (include the documentary film in your
• Papers 2 pages or less will not be accepted (0 points allotted). There is no partial
credit for partial work. Only complete papers will be accepted.
• 12pt. Times, Times New Roman or Cambria font used throughout paper.
• 1-1.25 inch margins on ALL SIDES – especially top and bottom.
• Left Justification only (NEVER use full justification for academic papers).
• Double-spaced throughout paper. Do not use 2.5 or larger spacing EVER!
• Indent all paragraphs (and please use paragraphs – it’s not easy to read and
comprehend a 1 plus page paragraph)
• No 1st or 2nd Person references (I, we, us, you) Stay 3rd person (he, she, they, it)
• No lists – keep the entire paper in paragraph form throughout.
• SPELL CHECK – there is simply no excuse for typos. Proof your paper carefully
before submitting. (Have a friend or family member read it for additional proofing.)
• Use correct punctuations throughout – see provided guide on last page of instructions.
• Avoid contractions. Don’t – Do not use contractions in a formal writing style.
• No background graphics or photos to be used in the paper’s main body.
*Papers not conforming to all directed formatting and punctuation instructions will be subject
to grade penalty or may not be accepted.

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