10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW
Section Information for Spring 2018
This course will examine the transnational and cross-cultural history of popular music in the United States and Latin America. Though we are used to thinking of rock music as a purely North American invention and salsa as a "Latin" one, such simplifications hide a rich history of borrowing and mixing. Since the mid-nineteenth century North American audiences have listened to Latin American musicians playing exotic musical styles, and audiences throughout Latin America have avidly followed the latest musical trends in the North. All of this cross-cultural listening, and the recording and marketing strategies that made it possible, had major effects on the kinds of music people played and even on the identities they formed. In this class, students will study this complex process by reading both scholarly studies and primary sources as well as by careful listening.
Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.
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