AMCULT 209 - History of American Popular Music
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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America has never been without popular music. The earliest settlers brought songbooks and the broadside tradition and popular song was often one of the main ways of describing the mythos of America, and to reflect its history. As America became industrialized, popular music — both sacred and secular — played an increasingly important role in American society. Today, American popular music is perhaps our most pervasive cultural form and certainly one of our most important cultural exports. This course will trace the history of American Popular Music from its earliest days through contemporary genres. Students will listen, watch, and analyze popular music from its context, styles, and forms, as well as the way(s) these relate to the American Experience.

Intended audience: Undergraduates in general.

Course Requirements: 3 quizzes, midterm (essay), final exam (essay).

AMCULT 209 - History of American Popular Music
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001 (LEC)
6Fr or So
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9780195365931
The pop, rock, and soul reader : histories and debates, Author: David Brackett., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2009
ISBN: 9780195396300
American popular music from minstrelsy to MP3, Author: Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman., Publisher: Oxford University Press 3rd ed. 2010
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