ANT 394M • Foundations of Ethnomusicoogy
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
In seminar format, this course will focus on the major issues raised in in that literature. Specifically, the seminar discussions will deal with inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives of popular music (including a general assessment of the history of popular music studies), the socio-musicological analysis of popular musics, ideologies, identities and social relations reflected in case studies of popular music, the supporting institutions, and the socio-political dimensions of the popular music recording industry. Selected examples of some of the main traditions/trends/personalities of 20th-century popular music of the West, and the various world music phenomena, such as reggae, afro-pop, juju, bloco afro, nueva trova, salsa, and the like, and various "national" rock music scenes, will be examined toward an understanding of the processes of meaning in popular music as well as the validation, exploration, and appropriation of third-world popular musics. The crucial issue of popular musical styles and group identity and ethnicity will be considered in specific case studies.