This course explores the development of North American, British and non-western popular music. Lectures investigate key historical periods and genres which define the popular idiom in the west, such as blues, jazz, country, rock n' roll, folk, rap, and electronica, as well as popular idioms from beyond the western world. Changes in technology, economics and demographics will be discussed, as will links between popular music and the prevailing social conditions of each period.
TH001, TH002, TH003
Antirequisite: RTA 905 (formerly BDC 935)