From the Blues to Beyoncé: Rock, A Portrait of America

MUSC 0033 C05 [CRN: 26801]

This course seeks to view American cultural and social history of the last century through the lens of rock music. We will investigate the history of rock and popular music from its roots in the early twentieth-century to the present. We will examine the social, cultural and political contexts that gave birth to the various genres of rock music by exploring the music through the lenses of race, class, gender, advances in technology, and developments in the music business. No musical background is required. There are conference sections for this course that meet in alternating weeks. At the beginning of the semester, Professor Nathan will communicate with enrolled students with information regarding the process of enrolling in the conferences and will provide the override codes needed to enroll in a conference. (Please note: the course is currently full and is managing a waitlist – if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please write to Professor Nathan directly. To get in off the waitlist you will be given an override code to enroll in the main course).
Spring 2018
09:00 - 09:50 Fri - from Jan 24, 2018 to May 18, 2018