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Passion, Rebellion and Identity in Popular Music - MUS102

Popular music has often functioned as a creative expression of dissent. Music has been used to construct or undermine various configurations of identity (whether based on race, class, or other social distinctions). This unit explores the ways in which music has helped musicians and listeners to engage with and/or resist the status quo. The unit explores explicitly political interventions by musicians as well as more subtle interventions that bypass official political processes. Key analytical tropes from popular music studies are introduced and critiqued (including the study of subculture, ‘authenticity’, and ‘retromania’) and the various concepts are illustrated with reference to genres such as disco, rock, and hip hop.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Adrian Renzo



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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Arts

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