MUSICOL 408 - Special Course
Section: 001 The Music of Motown
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Music History and Musicology (MUSICOL)
Department: Music School
1 - 3
Class Misc Info:
Music of Motown.
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Berry Gordy, Jr.’s Motown Records with a survey of the people, artists, and songs that helped transform American popular music in the 1960s, bringing African American sounds into the pop mainstream. We will review Gordy’s business strategies and explore both chart topping hits and lesser-known gems coming out of the “snakepit” — Motown’s West Grand Boulevard recording studio built in a converted garage. We will study groups ranging from the Satintones to the Jackson 5 and artists from Barrett Strong to Marvin Gaye. Along the way you’ll hear a bunch of great music and examine how Motown grappled with and contributed to the Civil Rights Movement. Finally, we’ll examine the decline of Motown following its turn to Hollywood film (Lady Sings the Blues, The Wiz, etc.) and departure from Detroit. Coursework includes tune diagrams, exams, and a research paper; activities include a visit to Motown’s “Hitsville” studio in Detroit and guest speakers who worked at Motown. Readings will include the autobiographies of Motown artists as well as general histories of the label. Join the class and find out “What’s Goin’ On” with Motown!

MUSICOL 408 - Special Course
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001 (LEC)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 10:30AM
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