This course surveys rock music in the immediate post-Beatles period from 1970 to 1990, two decades witnessing an unprecedented diversity of rock music styles. Close reading of representative works by numerous artists (such as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna) will develop critical listening and basic music-analytic skills. Scholarly works from numerous perspectives (musicological, sociological, historical) are engaged closely and intended to introduce students to the academic response to rock music. Affiliate department: Music.
Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar