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African American Popular Music

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Course Number




D. Chapman

Course Long Title

African American Popular Music

Cross Listed Courses


The history of the twentieth century can be understood in terms of the increasing African-Americanization of music in the West. The rapid emergence and dissemination of African American music made possible through recording technologies has helped to bring about radical cultural change: it has subverted received wisdoms about race, gender, and sexuality, and has fundamentally altered our relationship to time, to our bodies, to our most basic cultural priorities. This course explores some crucial moments in the history of this African-Americanization of popular music and helps students develop an understanding of the relationship between musical sound and cultural practice.

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Africana: Historical Persp.), (Africana: Intro Sequence)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program, IDAM - AMST Program

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