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Tu 10a

Th 10a

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

 

September 25

Music, Identity, and Expression

 

30

 

Main Themes: Diaspora, Media, Commodification

Waterson/Starr Ch 2

 

October 2

   Music in the 19th c: Folksong, Parlor Song, Minstrelsy

Waterson/Starr Ch 3 pp 41-46,

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

(Pre-war) Country Blues

Waterson/Starr Ch 3 pp 53-63, Barker/Taylor 2007

 

9

Vaudeville,

Theater Music, and Tin-pan Alley

Waterson/Starr Ch 4 pp 64-70, Davis 1998

 

 

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

14

 

The recording industry, internationalizing the blues.

Early Jazz

Ferris 1970, Oliver 1969 ASSIGNMENT 1 due (10/15, 9:30am)

 

16

“Old Timey”: the new Country, a class diaspora

Waterson/Starr Ch 5 pp 86-99

 

 

 

 

 

21

 

Jazz and Tin-Pan Alley’s Golden Age

MID-TERM 1

 

 

23

  The Harlem Renaissance and the Popularization of Swing.

Waterson/Starr Ch 5 pp 106-112, Carney 2006, Tucker 1990, discussion 1 ends

 

 

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

28

 

Black Cinema Innovations, Chicago Blues

ASSIGNMENT 2 due (10/29, 9:30 am)

 

30

Chicago Blues and Rockabilly in the Mainstream

Waterman/Starr Ch 6 142-151, Johnson 2007

 

 

 

 

November 4

 

“Race Music,” Soul, and R&B

Waterman/Starr Ch 7 pp 169-194, Bradby 2005 [Focus on pp 359-374], Gower 1997

 

6

Spector and Motown: the Craft of Pop

Ch 8 pp 195-201, 217-228 (main texts only)

discussion 2 ends

 

 

UNIT 4: Cultural Revolution (1955-1979)

 

13

Bob Dylan

Confessional Folk-rock and Joni Mitchell

ASSIGNMENT 3 due Nov 10 9:30 am

 

 

 

 

 

18

 

MID-TERM 2

British Invasions, Art-rock, Art-pop

Kaupila 2005

 

20

Psychedelia and Garage Rock

Critical Black Music in the 1970s

discussion 3 ends

 

 

UNIT 5: The Rise of Hip-Hop (1975- )

25

 

Punk Breaks [Theresa Rife]. Prince

and Michael Jackson

Heylin 1993, O’Brien 1999 [see syllabus], Waterman/Starr 361-376.

ASSIGNMENT 4 due Nov 24 9:30 am

 

 

 

 

December 2

 

The Beastie Boys and Madonna

Mainstream Rap

ASSIGNMENT 5 due (12/03, 9:30 am)

 

4

Gangsta Rap and Hip-Hop Globalization 1995-2005

Post-hip-hop, Lilith Faire, and the “Narrowcasting” 21st Century

 

 

 

 

 

discussions 4 & 5 end december 7

 

December 8, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Cumulative Final Exam