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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 344L • Writing on Rock Music (ADDED)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33303 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Course Description

Through lectures, discussions, readings, and multimedia, this course will survey how artists and critics have written on rock music. The emphasis will first be on the theoretical framework in which academic writing on rock music as well as professional reviewing developed. The course will also focus on the way artists have used rock music as a subject matter (in song lyrics, novels and short stories, films, and photographs).

Grading Policy

Two quizzes 30%
One midterm exam 30%
One 2000-word term paper 40%


Sarah Champion, ed., Disco Biscuits, London: Sceptre, 1997
Hanif Kureishi, The Black Album, London: Faber & Faber, 1995
There is also a substantial packet comprising:
1. Excerpts from works of fiction dealing with popular music (Bret Easton Ellis, Lee Smith, Salman Rushdie, Colin MacInnes, Martin Amis).
2. Key theoretical and critical texts on the subject (Richard Hoggart, Dick Hebdige, Stuart Hall, Roland Barthes, Lawrence Grossberg, Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, David Riesman, Simon Frith, Greil Marcus, Anthony DeCurtis, Steve Redhead, etc.).
3. A section devoted to the critical reception of the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reviews, articles, fiction, theoretical commentaries) and one to the rave/techno scene.
4. Song lyrics and reproductions of artworks taking rock music as their subject (Chuck Berry, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, The Rolling Stones, George Segal, David Bailey, Annie Leibovitz).


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