Beginning in the early-mid 1950s,this 3 term course will consider the significance of rock music via case studies of influential artists (their triumphs, embarrassments and disasters), and from the perspective of fans. How subcultures emerge, how politics, race, gender and sexuality influence how listeners make the music their own.
It will take us on a journey through many of rock's subsets: rockabilly, blues-rock, hard rock, country-rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, punk, post-punk, death metal and grunge, etc. Through discussions concerning these subgenres' stars, we will evaluate their social and cultural value, and at times will ask re the music: 'yes, but is it rock'? Packed with all kinds of music and visual images to assist our journey of discovery.