Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Reading Seminar in Popular Music Studies, 2011-2012

APG-03 Adelphi Building
Tuesday evenings; 5-7PM

David Sanjek, Professor of Music
This is a reading seminar designed for students and staff – from any interested background – who wish to join together to discuss whole works devoted to the study of popular music. The seminar will endeavour to situate each book in its specific background and publishing history before engaging in a group analysis of the thesis, evidence and usefulness of the approach. Emphasis will be placed on the methodologies employed and their transposition to other projects.

October 18
Greil Marcus, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

November 15
Albert Murray, Stomping the Blues

December 13
Nelson George, The Death of Rhythm and Blues
Scott DeVeaux, “Constructing the Jazz Tradition”

January 31
Christopher Small, Music of the Common Tongue

February 28
Ben Filene, Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music

March 27
Diane Pecknold, The Selling Sound: Country Music, Commercialism and the Politics      of Popular Culture

April 24
Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America

May 22
Keith Negus, Popular Music in Theory

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