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The Social History of Popular Music
A survey of important trends in 20th century Western popular music. Topics include genres, individual artists and groups, record labels and stylistic trends, and sociological issues.
By the end of the course, students will be able to
- demonstrate a solid foundation in relevant musicological terms and concepts
- understand and discuss the social and political context in which we experience pop music
- understand and discuss raced and gendered approaches to the study of popular music
- address the question; What does it mean to experience popular music?
Assignment 1: Initial Song Review (no marks)
Assignment 2: Analysing of Popular Music Chart Spreadsheet (25%)
Assignment 3: Book review (25%)
Assignment 4: Song review (25%)
Chapter Quizzes (25%)
**Evaluation subject to change**
|Unit 1||The Theoretical Lens|
|Unit 2||The Seven Elements of Music, the Hybrid Roots, and the Early Days of Popular Music|
|Unit 3||Tin Pan Alley, Social Dance and Jazz|
|Unit 4||Race and Hillbilly Music, The Swing Era and Post-War Pop|
|Unit 5||The Birth (and death?) of Rock'n'Roll, American Pop, and the British Invasion|
|Unit 6||Folk Music, The "Girl Groups", and the 1960s|
|Unit 7||The Fragmentation of Pop and Voices from the Periphery|
|Unit 8||Early Metal, 1970s Pop and Disco|
|Unit 9||MTV and "Relief Rock", Metal and Hip Hop|
|Unit 10||The Alternative Scene, Grunge, and Riot Grrrls|
|Unit 11||Pop Music Post 911|
|Unit 12||Into the 21st Century|
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Barkey, E.F.; Garofalo, R; & Bowman, R. (2013). Rockin' Out with additional material: Custom edition for Queen's University.Boston: Pearson.
Students will also do a book review on one of the following books:
- Ahmad, S. (2010). Rock & roll Jihad: A Muslim rock star's revolution. New York: Free Press.
- Bidini, D. (1998). On a cold road. Toronto: McClelland @ Stewart.
- Cohen, R. (2004). Machers and rockers. Toronto: W. W. Norton & Company.
- Des Barres, P. (2008). Let's spend the night together: Backstage secrets of rock muses and supergroupies. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.
- Dixon, W, & Snowden, D. (1989). I am the blues: The Willie Dixon story. U.S.A.: Da Capo.
- Motley Crue. (2002). The dirt: Confessions of the world's most notorious rock band. New York: Harper Collins.
- O'Brien, J. (2007). Like an icon. New York: Harper Entertainment.
- Pope, C. (2001). Anti-diva. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
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