Syllabus - Syllabus MUR 125 History of Rock Music Fall 2007...

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Syllabus MUR 125, History of Rock Music, Fall 2007 Professor John Covach 205 Todd Union, 275-4137, [email protected] Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00-3:00 and by appointment Teaching Assistants: Michael Frederick (grad, ESM), [email protected] Steven Gottlieb (grad, ESM), [email protected] David Leblanc (undergrad, College), [email protected] Office hours TBA This course will provide a historical survey of rock history, beginning in the decades before rock arose and following its story through the turn of the century. We will consider a number of dimensions in our historical study, including those dealing with social, cultural, economic, and technological issues. The primary focus will be on the music itself, however, and students will be required to identify musical characteristics in songs that are discussed. No previous training in music is required for this class, so don’t be concerned if you have never played an instrument or studied music. Books: There are two books for this class: John Covach, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History (W. W. Norton, 2006): and David Brackett, The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader: Histories and Debates (Oxford University Press, 2005). The course will rely primarily on the Covach book, with reading from the Brackett book serving to add context and perspective. There is no way we can cover everything in the Covach book during class, but you will be responsible for everything that is assigned nevertheless, even if all this information is not discussed in class. Listening: The University of Rochester provides every enrolled student with a free subscription to Ruckus. You may go to to activate your account. Almost all of the songs that appear in the Covach Listening Guides are available through Ruckus, as are the majority that are mentioned in the text itself. You must listen to this music—it’s the focus of the course! Listening tests will quiz your ability to identify and describe these songs.
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