Course Code: MUS 1001
Academic Year: 2020-2021
This course examines the history and culture of contemporary music in North America from World War II to the mid-1960s. Topics include the development of cool jazz, hardbop and free jazz, rhythm and blues, urban blues, doo wop, soul music, rock 'n' roll and rockabilly, country and western, the folk revival and the British invasion. Through the use of sound recordings and video excerpts, both the musical elements and cultural or social context of this art form are explored. Emphasis is given to the innovations of artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Phil Spector, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Bill Monroe and Hank Williams, among others. Particular attention will be paid to the interplay of black and white, rural and urban and sacred and secular cultures that have so richly informed the development of this music.