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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