Week 5: Country Music
Readings: Girls with guitars and fringe and sequins and rhinestones, silk, lace and leather by
Country music with its distinctive sounds and lyrics, and its distinct social identification
with working-class America, shou
Week 3: Rock n Roll
Readings: Researching Rhythm and Blues by Arnold Shaw
The term rhythm and blues came into vogue in June 1949 when the tradepaper
Billboard substituted it for Race, the term that had been in use since the 1920s to
describe black records
Week Four: Rock Sixties and Seventies
Readings: Repressive Representations: Patriarchy and feminism in rock music of the
counterculture by Sheila Whiteley
Examines culturally dominant images of women in late 1960s rock from a mainly British
Week 2: Gender, sexuality and popular music
Readings: Camping with the Stars: Queer Performativity, Pop Intertextuality, and Camp in the
Pop Art of Lady Gaga.
Understanding the particularity of popular culture alters our assumptions that it is
Week 6: Bollywood
Since independence in 1947, they make between 300 and 800 feature films per year in over 50 languages.
The role of song in narrative
Musical semiotics in a cinematic culture
The conventions of music and story telling th
Week 4B: Rock Subcultures and Canon
What is Indie Rock? By Ryan Hibbett
This article defines the music category indie rock not just as an aesthetic genre, but
as a method of social differentiation as well as a marketing tool.
Using Pierre Bourdieus concep
Week one Genre and Industry
Exam questions relating to week one
Which statement reflects the ideas of Adorno:
a. All of the options
b. Popular music distracts people from the boredom and angst of their purposeless existence.
c. Music provides a forum thro
0Anthro 106 Issues and history in popular music
What is popular music?
US, British style of music is more the focal point of this course. Are commercial success and artistic quality
mutually exclusive? Pop music is very commercial. Does comme