The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

AMS/RRHOFM Lecture by Christopher Doll - The Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll

Wednesday, March 26: 7 p.m.

WHERE:   Library Reading Room, Rock Hall’s Library and Archives (2809 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland)

TO RSVP:   This event is FREE and reservations are recommended, but not required.   To RSVP, visit or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.   

VIEW ONLINE:   Can’t make it to Cleveland for this event?  No worries!  A webcast will be made available on the AMS web site within several days of the event.


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome Christopher Doll of Rutgers University as the next guest speaker in the American Musicological Society/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Lecture Series – a joint collaboration that brings scholarly work to a broader audience and showcases the musicological work of the top scholars in the field.  Doll will give the lecture, "Nuclear Holocaust, the Kennedy Assassination, and 'Louie Louie': The Unlikely History of Sixties Rock and Roll" on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Reading Room of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives.  


Christopher Doll writes, "In narratives of American popular-music history, the song 'Louie Louie' is usually depicted (to the extent it surfaces at all) as a minor, and ultimately ephemeral, controversy: a song that initially raised eyebrows and lowered standards but that was quickly forgotten in the wake of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and other more substantive, 'classic' sixties artists. My talk will reposition 'Louie Louie' as a major turning point in the history of Anglo-American popular-music style—a unique combination of past and contemporary practices, one that anticipated some significant formal aspects of the music that would follow. An abundance of musical examples will illustrate this talk’s exploration of the relationship between sixties socio-political events and youth music, the impact of Latin music in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, the history of melodic-accompanimental textures since the advent of jazz, and the eventual global ubiquity of songs built around short loops of music."

Building upon the success of the AMS/Library of Congress lecture series, which over the last three years has resulted in a six public lectures by distinguished members of the American Musicological Society showcasing research building upon the library’s musical collections, the AMS/RRHOFM Lecture series consists of two events each year featuring members of the Society presenting engaging lectures on topics relevant to the mission of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information about these events, visit
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