Course Description

Rock & Roll & Movies is a history of Popular Music from 1955 to the present, as seen through its representation in cinema. We will see key works in the history of Rock & Roll movies and read a number of the important critical texts on the music. Issues covered will include the role of race and class in popular music, the paradox of “radical” culture distributed through corporate capital, amateurism, “authenticity” as a cultural value, and the interplay of history and pop culture. Requirements include regular attendance; nightly reading, listening and writing assignments; and a final research paper.

Enrollment/Payment Deadline: April 30, 2019


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Section Title
Rock & Roll and Movies
On Campus
T, W, Th
1:30PM to 5:00PM
May 28, 2019 to Jun 27, 2019
Delivery Options
Lecture / Discussion  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $2,700.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
3 units
Section Notes

If you are a current CalArts student interested in taking a summer Critical Studies course, please proceed to The Hub for registration.

Students must have some college essay writing experience in order to fully participate in this class.