Course Description

Popular music is an amorphous term, only loosely bound by an underexamined definition. we will undertake an examination of the term, charting a course through the diverse fields of music (and musical) industry, and exploring critical, cultural, esthetic and social notions that inform the term. We will look at the evolution of the now complex product enfolded within a "pop song", a diverse array of media, product, and cultural attribution, and chart the shifting boundaries and flawed logic informing both pop music's making and its reception. We will look at the forces – market and otherwise – that shaped this music for over a century, from Stephen Foster writing for Minstrelsy shows to DJ Dangermouse remixing the Beatles and Jay Z illegaly.

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