Lecture 1 - Introductions - Blues

Lecture 1 - Introductions - Blues - • “Pop” and...

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Lecture 1 Introductions; The Blues How to study rock? Rock as social history Rock and the baby boom • Rock and the economy: American affluence, American poverty Rock and race – Importance of African Americans in the origins & development of rock – Rock and Civil Rights • Women in rock; women in society Men in rock; redefining masculinity • Technology: instruments, recording, dissemination • The music industry How to study rock? Rock as music By what aesthetic criteria shall we judge rock? How to decide which artists and which songs to study? The canon, the classics? • Influence: study the most influential musicians? Personal taste? Top 10 might provide a more objective, accurate history of rock Terms: Rock and Roll, Rock, Pop • Rock and Roll (Rock ‘n’ Roll): music of the 50s?
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Unformatted text preview: • “Pop” and “Rock” are problematic because they are asked to include too many different types of music • Artistic intent? Serious album-oriented music is rock; ephemeral, singles-oriented music is pop? • “Pop/rock”? What is Rock, or Pop Music? • American • A fusion of various African-American and white musical styles • An attitude Where does rock come from? • “The blues had a baby, and they called it rock ‘n’ roll” (Muddy Waters) What is the “blues”? • A feeling • A style of performance • A poetic (AAB) and musical (12-bar) form Bessie Smith (1894-1937) • Influential blues artist • Signed with Columbia Records in 1923; launched their “race records” division • EX. “St. Louis Blues,” recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1925 Robert Johnson (1911-1938) • Influential bluesman • EX. “Sweet Home Chicago” (a country blues; recorded 1936)...
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