CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 007 What's Going On? Historicizing Motown Records and the Motown Sound
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course will explore the rise and fall of Motown Records, the Black-owned phenomenon, centered in Detroit, whose national and international impact permanently influenced the look, sound, and racial (and gender) psychology of youth culture. Listening to selected recordings, viewing documentary and other types of films, and looking at histories, biographies, and examinations of influential albums, we will attempt to understand, among other things:

  • how Motown developed into a musical juggernaut;
  • its processes of rendering its artists palatable to both Black and mainstream audiences, and the impressions of its artists of the company's heavy-handed treatment;
  • the connections between its presentation of romantic love and that of the nation more generally;
  • its characteristic sounds; and
  • its rivalries with other musical companies, including Atlantic, Stax, and Philly International.

CAAS 358 - Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
003 (SEM)
P
45379
Open
6
 
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W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with WS 345.001.
005 (SEM)
P
45684
Open
6
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 005: Meets w/ AC 301.002 & WS 343.001
006 (SEM)
P
45804
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Section 006: Meets with AAPTIS 491.
007 (SEM)
P
46050
Open
4
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0674005465
Dancing in the street : Motown and the cultural politics of Detroit, Author: Suzanne E. Smith., Publisher: Harvard University Press 4. print. 2001
Required
ISBN: 0306815869
The Supremes : a saga of Motown dreams, success, and betrayal, Author: Mark Ribowsky., Publisher: Da Capo Press 2009
Required
ISBN: 0815412185
Temptations, Author: Otis Williams with Patricia Romanowski., Publisher: Cooper Square Press Updated ed 2002
Required
ISBN: 1841953148
What's going on? : Marvin Gaye and the last days of the Motown sound, Author: Ben Edmonds., Publisher: Mojo 2002
Required
ISBN: 025207498X
Where did our love go? the rise and fall of the Motown sound, Author: Nelson George, Publisher: Univ. of Ill. Press 2007
Required
ISBN: 030681191X
Divided soul : the life of Marvin Gaye, Author: David Ritz., Publisher: Da Capo Press 1991
Required
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