MU 234: From Rockabilly Kings to Lady Gaga – History of Rock and Roll
Assistant Professor Natalie Zelensky
Mondays and Wednesdays (2:30- 3:45 p.m.)
Four credit hours. A.
A survey of Rock music, from its roots in country and blues to the post-modern eclecticism of Lady Gaga. Rock music will be considered in relation to race, sex, gender, drugs, technology, marketing, and politics to better understand its powerful position in constructing, challenging, and reinforcing various positions of identity. By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss the musical characteristics of a work, identify its genre and era of composition, and contextualize it within a broader framework of American culture and politics.
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