Popular Music 1950s Onward: From Elvis to Madonna
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Host University Units2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionIntroduction to the key concepts of popular music studies. Course provides a cultural, industrial and technological history of commercial rock and popular music from the 1950s onwards.Course IntroductionSince the 1950s popular music has underpinned the ascendancy of modern consumer culture. To understand the rise of rock music in the post-war period is to understand the processes that have transformed previously dismissed aspects of popular culture into the predominant cultural artefacts of today. MUSC1700 interrogates the cultural, industrial and technological history of rock and roll, from the 1950s through to the ?end? of the traditional music industry in the modern era. In outlining the conventional rock narrative?from Elvis to The Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, Nirvana, Eminem, Beyonce and beyond?the course introduces the key concepts of popular music studies, many of which question the received tenets of rock history within popular memory, and contextualises recent anxieties regarding the ?death? of the global music business.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
- Appreciate and more fully understand rock music and its relationships with the social circumstances surrounding its creation.
- Hear, identify and discuss the musical characteristics, musical elements and sonic production techniques that are employed in rock and popular musics.
- Demonstrate a foundational understanding of popular music studies and its areas of critical enquiry.
- Understand and apply research tools and scholarly documentation to the critical study of popular and rock musics.
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