In this course we take a close look at what rock performers do onstage. How do they present themselves? What does their clothing convey? What do their gestures suggest? How are their props significant? Are they "being themselves" or are they performing a different persona? How important is their performance to our perception of the music they play? Utilizing methodologies from the field of Performance Studies, we survey the history of rock 'n' roll starting with early performers such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jim Morrison, and Jimi Hendrix. We note the emergence of glam rockers in the early 70s such as David Bowie and Marc Bolan as well as shock rockers like Alice Cooper and Kiss. We also consider groups that seem to be just "being themselves" onstage like the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Other performers we study may include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Amy Winehouse, and Lady Gaga. Finally, we consider rock performance in the CO