MUS 119
Rock and Roll Revolutions, 1950-1999 Fall 2024
Division I

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This course will trace the history of rock music from the 1950s to the end of the 20th century, focusing on those musicians who revolutionized the genre in various periods. Such “revolutions” are discovered in the use of new sounds and musical forms, in the relationship between lyrics and musical setting, and in the conception of rock’s role in society. Three objectives will underpin our studies: to develop listening skills with music that one often hears, but perhaps rarely listens to intently; to determine in what ways popular music can be interpreted as reflecting and shaping its cultural context, particularly in terms of race and gender; and to encounter the work of several of the more innovative musicians in the history of rock.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 80
Expected: 80
Class#: 1517
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two tests, two papers, and a final exam
Prerequisites: no musical background assumed
Enrollment Preferences: random selection
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: MUS Music History: 1900-Present

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