Professor Presley History Rocks!
This is a critically acclaimed 9 Song Album that covers U.S. History from the Colonial Period through Reconstruction! As an adult I can still remember most of the rhymes from SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK from the 1970's so when I started teaching U.S. History at the Middle School level I tried to find at least one song to go with each unit. The students enjoyed having music in the classroom but I was not very satisfied with the quality of the songs that were available. I started to write some songs to engage my students who are musical learners but I soon found that all of the students enjoyed listening to and singing along with these songs.
Each song on this album is based on an important topic from early American History.
Song 1: THE ENGLISH HERITAGE teaches about key documents that have an influence on the United States such as the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, and the Mayflower Compact.
Song 2: A NEW CONSTITUTION reviews important events about the framing and structure of the U.S. Constitution.
Song 3: HAM N JEFF reviews the beliefs of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson and the birth of political parties in the United States.
Song 4: WAR OF 1812 details the causes and major events of the War of 1812.
Song 5: THE TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO investigates the War between the United States and Mexico.
Song 6: FIND A CAUSE delves into the Reform Era and various reform movements of the 1800's.
Song 7: A DIVIDING NATION examines the events that led to the Civil War from the Missouri Compromise up to the bombing of Fort Sumter.
Song 8: THE CIVIL WAR has key events and famous quotes from the Civil War.
Song 9: RECONSTRUCTION ROCK covers the Reconstruction period.
This 9 song CD will help students learn (and teachers teach) some of the key lessons of U.S. History in a fun and entertaining way while listening to rock 'n' roll and punk influenced songs. The CD includes a 12 page booklet with all the lyrics and a brief historical introduction to each topic. These songs are recorded in high quality digital sound and the songs are being played on radio stations from San Diego (91X and 94.9 FM) to Massachusetts (Bill Childs radio show "Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child"). Professor Presley was also awarded an ASCAP Plus Award in the Popular Music category.
Warren Truitt at the Children's Music That Rocks Website said, "I'll have to admit, when I first saw the cover of this CD and read the subtitle, 'A Punk Rock-N-Roll Romp Through U.S. History', I was very skeptical. But, man-o-man, this is an amazing album! Bill Reynolds, aka Professor Presley, has used classic punk chord changes, song structures, and lyrical immediacy to tell the story of America's history from Colonial settlement to the Reconstruction era. And the damn thing rocks!"
This CD was recorded at Earthling Studio working with their studio wizard Mike Kamoo (Kamoo recorded and mastered the critically acclaimed STEREOTYPES albums). A variety of singers from some of Southern California's finest rock 'n' roll bands to joined in on the project to give the songs some variety.