Timeline 

Topics 

Readings / Assignments    

Tu 2 pm

Th 2 pm

UNIT 1:  Diaspora in Early Pop (1820-1919)

September

29

 

Music and identity, music listening 

        

 

October 1

Musical form; American Studies; themes: diaspora, media, and commodification 

Barker/Taylor 2007

Oliver 1969

October

6

 

Diaspora and the notion of “authenticity”; art Song, folk song, and minstrelsy


 

8

Parlor song; (Pre-war) country blues 

Wald 2004

Ferris 1970

Davis 1998 

 

 

UNIT 2:  Popularizing and Commodifying Musics   (1920-1939)

13

 

Early recording industry, commercialized blues


 

15

W.C. Handy, introduction to jazz

ASSIGNMENT 1 due (10/15, 12:00 noon)  

20

 

MID-TERM 1

 Tin-Pan Alley Songs


Carney 2006, Tucker 1990, discussion 1 ends

 

22

  Swing, the Harlem Renaissance, and Tin-pan Alley’s Golden Age

Levine 1985 

 

 

UNIT 3:  The Rise and Fall of Rock and Roll (1940-1965) 

27

 

Culture of the Great Depression, dance cultures of swing, and country music

Stowe 1988

 

29

WWII, Harlem’s “dream deferred”, Afro-Caribbean jazz

ASSIGNMENT 2 due (10/29, 12:00 noon) 

November

3

 

 Jump Blues, Rockabilly, and Television Culture 

Santoro 2004, Cahodas 2000 

 

5

 Chicago Blues, Rock and Roll

Johnson 2007, Peterson 1990

discussion 2 ends 

 

UNIT 4: Cultural Revolution (1955-1979) 

10

 

Mid-term Review, Introducing Rhythm and Blues

Bradby 2005 

 

12

MID-TERM 2 

Spector, Motown, and the Craft of Pop

UNIT 3 DISCUSSION POST (11/12 12:00 noon), ESSAY extended to 11/14 12:00 noon) 

17

 

 Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell

discussion 3 ends 

Kauppila 2005, Dunlap 2006 pp 560-563.

 

19

Electrification, Psychedelia and Garage Rock.

Heylin 1993, Ginsberg 1956

optional: Whiteley 2000 

 

UNIT 5: The Rise of Hip-Hop (1975-) 

24

 

Critical Black Music of the 1970s, Punk Breaks

ASSIGNMENT 4 due Nov 24 12:00 noon

 

 

 

December 1

 

The Beastie Boys and Madonna

Rap Sells

Ted Friedman on P-funk, O’Brien 1994

 

December 3

Gangsta Rap, Globalization 1995-2005, Lilith Faire, and the “Narrowcasting” 21st Century                                                              

 Hess 2005, Rose 1994 (only sections on pp 99-110, 115-124 are required)

 

ASSIGNMENT 5 due Dec 3 12:00 noon 

December 8, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm 

Cumulative Final Exam 

 

9

 

discussions 4 & 5 end Wednesday, December 9  at midnight