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Elizabeth Engelhardt, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Fall 2007

AMS 315 • Blues According to C. Antone

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30365 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
WEL 3.502

Course Description

After a brief introduction tracing the history and origins of the blues to the classic and rural blues of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, this course will follow the structure as outlined by Mr. Antone for previous semesters, surveying the important recording labels, their owners, sound technicians, house bands, and musicians. In addition, we will explore the role of the blues in the history of popular music in America.

The lectures will be based to a certain extent on Mr. Antone's lectures and cover many of the "stars" that will likely be familiar to you. Nevertheless, to emphasize one of Mr. Antones main points, we will also study those lesser known musicians who are just as important in the history of the blues and rock and roll as are Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles.

Grading Policy

Reading assignments Listening assignments The final grade will be based one term paper and 3 or 4 exams, including a comprehensive final.

Texts

Wyman, Bill with Richard Havers. Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Musics Heart and Soul. New York: DK Publishing, 2001. [The accompanying CDs are also required.]

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