Early Rock & Roll
Rock & Rolls First Audience
In the 1950s, teenagers became a distinct commercial and cultural entity for the first time
Baby Boom generation born after WW2, grew up in the 1950s
Postwar economic prosperity led to teens unprecedented pur
MUSL 1600: AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC
Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music
TR 1:10-2:25pm, Sarratt Cinema
Prof. Jen Gunderman
Email: [email protected]
Office: Blair Rm. 2123, ph: 322-4913
Office Hours by appointment, plus open h
For a long time, there has been controversy concerning the effectiveness of antimicrobial
soaps in terms of removing bacteria. In response, studies have been done to compare the efficacy
of antimicrobial soaps with tap water, regular soap (
The first piece was Symphony No. 85 in B flat major by Franz Joseph Hadyn. The overall
form of the symphony was split into three movements. Adagio- Vivace, the first movement, was split
into two sections that had vastly different temposthe opening adagio
Smallpox and Other Diseases
Recap: Disease contributed to colonialism and we should thank the
conquest policies of both English and Spanish for exacerbating the mortality
rates in Native Americans
Comes from Egypt, China, Indi
The sixteenth to nineteenth century saw the spread of a multitude of sicknesses-smallpox, typhus, and syphilis-that coincided with massive declines in native populations of the
New World. Many theories revolve around the concept that in terms of survival,
The Preparation of Diphenylmethanol
The purpose of the reaction was to synthesize diphenylmethanol from
bromobenzene and benzaldehyde through a Grignard reagent reaction that transformed
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Identify as Renaissance Music
- Sacred music is not metered
- Tempo is fairly moderate
- More for entertainment, and their texts were secular
- Setting was also different (not in church)
- After dinner, for entertai
1. Phil Spector and the Wall of Sound. What new techniques did Spector employ in
the studio? How did this alter the pop music production techniques?
Firstly, Spector was most characterized by his complete control. He was ridiculously
involved with every s
29. Discuss the rise of hip-hop. What previous musical styles influenced the genre?
Hip-hop started as more than music, based in New York, including slang, clothes,
breakdancing, graffiti, and gang/neighborhood related cliques. It was almost entirely cons
14. Be familiar with the progressive rock groups and sounds of the late 6os and early
seventies. Hendrix, Cream, Led Zeppelin. What are the roots of these genres?
These guys were all deeply rooted in Blues, and they were all characterized by electric guit
20. Be prepared to discuss Pop Art and the other sounds of 60s rock: MC5. Iggy Pop, and
the Velvet Underground. How do these artists reflect a shift in 1960s popular music?
All of this stuff was music that was more based on art than marketability. It was
25. How does outlaw country (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson) and heartland rock (Bruce
Springsteen, Tom Petty) contrast with the extravagance of 1970s pop and metal?
Do you think a similar comparison exists between todays pop and indie scenes?
17. Describe the Nashville Sound. Why was this specific country sound created? How
influential is this sound on todays commercial country music?
According to book: Nashville sound was countrypolitan, meaning a fusion of country and
cosmopolitan. So, that
33. Discuss gender representation and music television. Can you continue this
discussion to the current representation of women by the modern music industry?
For a long time, women were more often objectified than not, using their beauty to draw
11. Discuss the ideology of the counterculture and describe several ways this
was represented. What music was adopted by the counterculture? Why? How
did the music differ from earlier popular styles?
Counter culture was pro-Civil rights, anti-Vietnam (pro
6. Discuss the emergence of the blues in England? What artists were visiting? How
did they influence the new British sound?
So, in America, race related issues and more popular music drove out old American blues
musicians. So, they went to England, where
Assignment one: Due 1/25
Write a brief essay on the continued appropriation and exploitation of culture for
entertainment. This is meant to be an exploratory essay, providing you a chance to reflect
upon the issue of cultural and musical repr
Assignment Three: Due 3/15
Despite the fact that the blues is one of Americas oldest popular musical forms and little has
changed with the music and lyrics, it still remains one of the most popular and best selling
musical genres. It is also very influent