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MUS203.AKP-2022.SUSES2 Popular Music (KP)

Begins July 06, 2022

The years after World War II found American society and culture evolving in ways that both led to and mirrored the birth of rhythm 'n' blues, rock 'n' roll, and soul music, creating a new popular music that has indeed taken over the world.  Yet it is impossible to understand fully modern popular music without exploring its roots in blues, jazz, hillbilly, ragtime, Afro-Caribbean, and other styles.  In this course, we survey the history of American pop from its birth in the early nineteenth century up to 1970; by this crucial year, most of the styles reflected in today's music had been established.  We pay special attention to the ways in which American music synthesizes African and European elements in a myriad of new forms. Course dates: 07/06/2022 - 08/24/2022

Instructor : Brett Walberg